The Miami Dolphins might want to check out Miami Heat star Tyler Herro if they’re looking to improve their secondary. Herro made a massive defensive play late in regulation Tuesday night at home versus the Boston Celtics, as he came away with a steal on a Jayson Tatum pass to secure the win for Miami.
BAM FOR THE LEAD + HERRO WITH THE STEAL! 🍿 pic.twitter.com/9iRXEZtMpT
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 25, 2023
It was just a perfect and smart read for Tyler Herro during that play. Tatum, who was met with a double team of Haywood Highsmith and Gabe Vincent behind the 3-point line, thought that Grant Williams was free for a three over at the left-side corner, but Herro anticipated Tatum’s pass and secured possession of the ball to prevent Boston from coming up with a potential game-winner of its own.
Tatum could have just opted to pass the ball to a rolling Robert Williams, but even that could have ended with a Tyler Herro steal who was just sitting on whatever Tatum was going to do with the ball during that sequence.
Highsmith would get fouled and sent to the line after Herro’s steal, making one of two attempts to get the Heat’s final point in a 98-95 victory in South Beach.
Tyler Herro made up for his atrocious shooting night with that big defensive play. He finished the game with only nine points on a horrid 4-for-19 shooting from the field. He had a heavier workload, especially offensively, with Jimmy Butler sidelined by a lower back injury, but as it turned out, it was on the other end of the court where he’d make his biggest impact.
The Heat will next play the Orlando Magic at home on Friday.