Miami Heat's Tyler Herro expects to miss 'a couple weeks' after exiting game with ankle sprain

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 01: Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat looks on against the Brooklyn Nets during the fourth quarter of the game at Kaseya Center on November 01, 2023 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
The Heat are holding their breath on Tyler Herro. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images) (Megan Briggs via Getty Images)

Miami Heat star Tyler Herro exited Wednesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies due to a right ankle sprain. The team later announced that he would not return.

The injury occurred late in the first quarter, when Herro drove into the paint and had his right foot land on the foot of Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr.

Herro immediately fell to the court and was in clear pain. After writhing around for a few seconds, he got up and hopped on one foot to the Heat’s locker room.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after the game that X-rays came back clean on Herro’s ankle, but he will go an MRI on Thursday for a closer look. Meanwhile, Herro said “obviously it’s probably a couple of weeks.”

The injury interrupts a strong start for Herro, who was a popular target of trade speculation last offseason but remained in Miami for a fifth season. Still only 23 years old, the 2022 Sixth Man of the Year entered Wednesday averaging 25.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 41.0% from 3-point range in 37.7 minutes per game so far this season.

All of those numbers are on pace for career highs.

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