Heat Injury Report: Tyler Herro Blessing for Miami Rubs Salt on Pelicans’ Misery

Published 02/23/2024, 7:18 PM EST

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The Miami Heat, fresh off the All-Star break, are ready for their showdown against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. However, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the Pelicans as superstar Brandon Ingram remains sidelined with an illness. While New Orleans celebrated their 127-105 victory over the Houston Rockets, Ingram’s absence and the new injury report paints a less-than-ideal picture for the team.

The Heat’s injury report too presented its challenges with Tyler Herro being listed as ‘questionable’ due to right foot discomfort. However, as per the latest injury update, Herro would be available for the game after all. This switch-up throws a wrench in the Pelicans’ plans, probably leaving them to adjust their defense.

Meanwhile, Terry Rozier (knee) and Josh Richardson (shoulder) are confirmed ‘out’. Orlando Robinson was a late addition to the injury report with lower back spasms and will be sidelined for the next game.


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The Pelicans find themselves potentially shorthanded with All-Star Brandon Ingram (illness) and even Zion Williamson (foot contusion) listed as ‘questionable’, as reported by the NBA. Ingram, averaging 21.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game, is a cornerstone of their offense, while Williamson’s recent 27-point, 3-rebound, and 9-assist performance against the Rockets on February 22nd, showcased his explosive potential. Their ‘questionable’ statuses cast a shadow on the Pelicans’ game plan.

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Meanwhile, Miami welcomes back Herro after initial concerns about right foot discomfort. Though averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists against the Pelicans this season, Herro’s return is likely to provide a scoring boost. In their last showdown on January 22nd, Tyler Herro managed to score a high 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. His availability alongside the return of Jimmy Butler makes the Heat roster look all stacked up!

Pelicans Injury Report: Latest on Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson May Jeopardise New Orleans’ Red Hot Streak

Despite injury concerns, both teams back their strengths. The Pelicans, riding a 4-game winning streak (8-2 in their last 10), have established themselves as a force in the Western Conference, currently sitting comfortably in 5th place (34-22). Their offense has been on point, averaging 115.9 points per game (8th in the NBA), with CJ McCollum (24.6 points per game) and Jonas Valanciunas (17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds per game) leading the team.


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The Heat, currently 8th in the Eastern Conference (30-25), are looking to capitalize on their defensive powers (ranked 4th in the league in defensive rating) and their recent momentum. Jimmy Butler‘s return after a personal leave of absence would provide a boost, and Bam Adebayo remains a dominant force, averaging 19.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game.

Can the Pelicans weather the storm of potential injuries and maintain their winning streak? Or will the Heat emerge victorious with returning stars like Butler and Herro? Friday night’s showdown promises to be a proper battle. Comment your thoughts below!


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Aakritee Raajj


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A lawyer turned NBA Writer at EssentiallySports, Aakritee Raajj found herself in the right realm as soon as she dropped her black coat to don the Mavericks’ jersey in the NBA department. That’s how the content strategy desk trusts her with any coverage demanding a legal knowhow. She became a fan of the league in the late 2000’s after Dirk Nowitzki upset the Miami Heat in Game 6 during 2011 NBA Finals.
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