Heat rookie Tyler Herro’s Game 1 plus-minus ties Kobe Bryant but it’s not worth bragging about
Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro came crashing down to earth on Thursday, in what was a forgettable performance from the youngster who’d done so well for his team n the playoffs thus far. He made a bit of history as well, tying a two-decade-old Kobe Bryant record. It’s not what you think, though.
Tyler Herro was -35 tonight, tied for the lowest +/- by a player in a Finals game since 2000. pic.twitter.com/Z94pYGEd9I
— StatMuse (@statmuse) October 1, 2020
Tyler Herro tied Kobe Bryant for an NBA Finals record tonight. Not one he wanted.
Matched Mamba for the worst +/- in finals history, a wild minus-35 in 30 minutes.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) October 1, 2020
That’s certainly not a record anyone would be proud of — especially Kobe himself. Bryant amassed quite a few records throughout his illustrious career, and this certainly was not one he was very fond of.
For his part, Tyler Herro gets to be mentioned in the same breath as the late, great Kobe Bryant with his achievement here. It’s just not the way he would have imagined it, for sure.
To be fair, Herro did not have a completely awful showing against the Lakers on Thursday. He finished with 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting, to go along with four boards, and three assists. He did go 2-of-8 from distance on the evening, though, so clearly, his range was not exactly on point in Game 1.
The worst part here is how the Lakers were able to outscore the Heat by a massive 35-point margin with Herro on the floor. That’s not entirely the fault of the rookie, but unfortunately for him, the +/- stat belongs completely to him now.