Heat rookie Tyler Herro told Jimmy Butler to get out the way because he wanted to guard Suns star Devin Booker
Both Herro and Booker played their college ball at Kentucky, so the Heat youngster took his matchup with Booker — one of the best scorers in the league — personal:
So Erik Spoelstra mentioned after the game that Tyler Herro had wanted the assignment of guarding Devin Booker.
When Jimmy Butler was asked about that, this was his response: pic.twitter.com/RRrMu1U698
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) November 8, 2019
Booker turned the ball over three times in a row in the fourth quarter. Herro was guarding him on each possession.
The Heat defeated the Suns by a final score of 124-108. Miami is now 6-2 on the young season.
Butler poured in 30 points in the first half. He finished with 34. The Heat star also grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.
Herro has become a fan favorite in South Beach. The 19-year-old is averaging 13.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists on the season while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Butler, a fierce competitor, already loves Herro. Both guys fit the Heat culture.
Miami takes on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. It’s highly doubtful Herro will tell Butler to move so he can guard Lakers superstar LeBron James. That’s a matchup for Butler only.