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Heat’s Tyler Herro’s starting nod for Game 2 makes NBA Finals history

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Miami Heat shooting guard Tyler Herro continues to make history. The 20-year-old rookie started in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. This makes him the youngest player in NBA history to start in the league’s grandest stage.

Tyler Herro is usually the first player off the bench for Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. The 6-foot-5 shooter, however, has been tasked with a bigger role with Goran Dragic not available to play in Game 2. Miami’s starting point guard suffered a torn plantar fascia in his left foot in Game 1 and remains doubtful for the rest of the series.

Herro must keep himself ready in the event that Dragic won’t be able to return. The Kentucky product, meanwhile, is also the first player born in the 2000s to reach the NBA Finals.

The Heat, meanwhile, has enjoyed a historical run in the 2020 playoffs and has looked like a whole different team ever since they entered the bubble inside Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They received a huge boost from Herro, who they picked 13th overall in last year’s draft.

Herro has been phenomenal in his first playoff foray for the Heat, hitting big-time shots and making winning plays throughout the playoffs. He put up 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting from the field and 2-of-8 from downtown in Game 1, along with four boards and three dimes in 30 minutes.

The Heat will certainly need more out of him in Game 2 for a chance to bounce back and tie their best-of-seven series.