An untimely injury will force Tyler Herro to pause his NBA season. The Miami Heat guard sprained his ankle in the first quarter of his team’s 108-102 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
In a press conference after the game at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, Herro explained that he will be out of action for “a couple of weeks” while he recovers from the injury.
The University of Kentucky alum recalled that he could feel it immediately when he was injured. “I kind of knew mentally. I heard some crunches and cracks in my ankle. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, that will be it,'” he explained.
He admitted it was a bit of bad luck, “but I’m just going to continue to work hard. I’ve been through this injury stuff before. I’m just going to keep working.”
There were only 57 seconds left in the first period of the game against the Grizzlies when Tyler attempted a floater in the lane. Unfortunately, he landed on an opponent’s foot, twisting his right ankle.
Herro immediately dropped and spent a few seconds flailing in pain on the floor. After a few moments, the player was able to stand up and leave the court, jumping on his good foot.
“Just spur of the moment. A floater, a shot that I shoot multiple times a game. Just unfortunate to land on his foot,” lamented the player after the game.
This year alone, the Heat player has suffered seven injuries. Before Wednesday’s game, he injured his hand in the postseason series against the Milwaukee Bucks last April.
This year, he also injured his quadriceps, a rib, twice a knee, an Achilles tendon, and his back. Although none of them were serious, his performance has not been the same.
So far this season, Herro is averaging 22.9 points, five rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 34 minutes played per game. For life, the player has 17.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists with 31.6 minutes per game.