Why didn’t Tyler Herro play Game 5 of the NBA Finals?

I Miami Heat have surrendered 4-1 to the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals.

After snatching a match in Colorado, the Heat lost two games at home, irrevocably putting the uphill climb on their path to the Finals. On the eve of a Game 5 with no return Miami tried a desperate moveata: the recovery of Tyler Herro.

The shooter had injured his right hand on April 16 during the first round playoff game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He has not played since, but for the last challenge of the season he was officially back available. Coach Spoelstra however did not employ him. How come? He explained it himself in the press conference after the defeat.

His return was not pretactical. I made a difficult choice, which I will rethink all summer long. The point is that the Finals are different from any other match: from the first round, from the semifinals, from the conference finals, from everything. Here you play with crazy physicality, in my opinion too much for a player who hasn’t been on the court for two months. Definitely, though, I have the doubt that I was wrong that will be in my head for a long time.

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