In a season full of oddities and adjustments, an unlikely hero showed up last night in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Tyler Herro, the young guard from the University of Kentucky, had the game of his life. Herro would score 37 points, a Miami Heat rookie-record, to propel his team to within one win of the NBA Finals.
His coach, Erik Spoelstra, talked about his humility and the confidence that keeps building in Herro. He mentioned how he takes everything in that he learns from the vets and wants to be a student of the game. With the 112-109 win, Spoelstra’s Heat are now in total control of this series.
Jimmy Butler, the star of this team, added 24 points and was helped by Goran Dragic’s 22 points and Bam Adebayo 20 points and 12 rebounds despite playing with a sore shoulder. Game 5 is on Friday and the Heat will look to put the nail in the Celtics coffin.
If the Heat are able to advance, they will await the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. That series has the Lakers up 2-1 with Game 4 being played tonight in the NBA bubble.
The interesting thing about this Miami team is the chemistry that been built amongst the players. Adebayo has grown tremendously and is now the anchor down low. Dragic plays with consistency and is a good compliment for Butler. It is also interesting to see Heat veteran, Udonis Haslem play the role of coach on the bench in his uniform. He has put in his dues and now looks to add another ring to his career.
No matter who the Heat play in the Finals, provided they close this series out, it will be very interesting to see how the oddsmakers see the series. Yes, if the Lakers win the West, then they will probably be the favorite on many sites like BET QL. But, if it is the Nuggets can somehow pull off another miracle, I would love to see what the odd makers lines will be in a Heat/Nuggets Finals.
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