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Tyler Herro’s secret to success? Erik Spoelstra points to the gridiron

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Miami Heat swingman Tyler Herro has gotten to a slow start after shooting with a measly 28.6% from beyond the arc in the early stages of the season. In their most recent game against the Washington Wizards, the sophomore proved that he is more than just a shooter and has shown that he was also able to improve on the other facets of his game.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra lauded Herro’s capabilities on offense but also shared that his player continues to develop due to his growing knowledge of the game.

“He’s more than just strictly a catch-and-shoot player,”  Spoelstra said via the Miami Herald.  “He’s very good off the dribble. This is something that he diligently works on every day with his quarterback reads, and it’s not just finishing. It’s making the reads on what the scheme is and where the weakside is, and that’s on different coverages based who you’re playing. I think he’s growing leaps and bounds with that.”

The former Kentucky Product was only 1-of-5 from three-point range against the Wizards but eventually decided to take his offense nearer to the basket. After shooting 12-of-20 from the field, Herro ended up with a career-high of 31 points along with nine rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes of action.

Jimmy Butler was also all over the floor as he finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists to lift the Heat to a narrow 128-124 win over the Wizards. The Washington-based squad was without Russell Westbrook who sat out due to a quad injury while Bradley Beal was a late scratch due to the league’s safety protocols.

With the victory, the Heat now improved to a 4-4 tally while the Wizards extended their three-game losing skid en route to a 2-8 record. Miami will bank on Tyler Herro’s contributions once again as they face the Boston Celtics who are currently on a four-game winning streak heading to the matchup.