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“If I was at the level of play I was all season last year, I think we might have a fourth championship” — Tyler Herro on disappointing end to 2021-22 season

The Miami Heat saw a disappointing end to their championship chase last season, with Tyler Herro ruing the missed opportunity.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro

The Miami Heat nearly made it to the championship round last season, losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Rising star Tyler Herro rued the disappointing finish after he was forced to miss a significant number of contests in the series due to a groin injury. He even believes that Miami would have won the title if he were healthy and playing at the same level he did in the regular season.

It was tough the way it ended,” Herro told the Miami Herald. “I felt like if I was at the level of play I was all season last year, I think we might have a fourth championship. That motivated me.

Sixth Man of the Year campaign

The University of Kentucky product made an impressive leap in the 2021-22 campaign. Coming off the bench for most of the regular season, Herro averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game in 66 contests. He also made defenses pay from the 3-point line as he hit 2.7 attempts per game from beyond the arc.

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More importantly, he was instrumental in helping Miami gain the No. 1 seed in the conference with a 53-29 standing. Because of his production and role in making the Heat a powerhouse, Herro was named Sixth Man of the Year.

Coming up short

Entering the 2022 playoffs, the Heat were among the favorites to come out on top of the conference. Unfortunately, they fell short as the Celtics proved to be the deeper and better team.

As for Herro, he was a shell of his true self, as he recorded just 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in his third trip to the playoffs.

This season, Miami will look to contend for the championship once more. It remains to be seen, though, if the team will do so with Herro as a full-time starter.

The Heat will begin their quest for a fourth title against the Chicago Bulls.

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