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Tyler Herro’s adjustment for Heat after rookie year

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Tyler Herro has very much established himself as one of the most important players on the Miami Heat roster. Right now, however, coach Erik Spoelstra has asked him to take on the role as the squad’s Sixth Man — something that Herro himself admits required a bit of an adjustment from his end.

Now in his second year in the league, the 21-year-old reveals that he believed had done enough in his rookie season to earn a starting spot for the Heat:

“Definitely thought I would be starting,” Herro said, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “But I think as the season goes on, things change and I’m OK with coming off the bench right now and just continuing to do that.

“It was a short period of time where I was trying to adjust to it, because I was starting at the beginning of the season, so just trying to make that adjustment.”

Herro was slated as a starter for his first 14 games of the 2020-21 campaign. He was then moved to a bench role by coach Spo, which as it is, appears to have been a great decision for both Herro and the Heat.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has since embraced the role of being the Sixth Man:

“I think I can provide scoring off the bench, just come in with energy and try to really bring energy to the team and just try to keep going once that second unit comes in,” he said. “We got a lot of guys who can score, a lot of guys who can play.

“So once I get in, just try to keep the flow going and try to keep the rhythm of the team going.”

The most important thing here is that come crunch time, Herro is still very much at the thick of the action for the Heat. He remains to be Miami’s closer, and as he said, he is still “willing to take the big shots in the fourth quarter.” The Heat absolutely trust Herro to do the same.