The Miami Heat's Game 4 hero was a rookie guard with the same name: Tyler Herro. The former Kentucky prospect dropped 37 points in his team's 112-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, and did so on 14-of-21 shooting -- including-5 of-10 from three.
In celebration of the brilliant rookie performance, teammate Jimmy Butler decided to dedicate his practice outfit to Herro. As posted to the Heat's Instagram, Butler showed up with Herro's jersey -- one that the 20-year-old wore during his time at Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wisconsin.
Since the rookie was drafted by the Heat in 2019, Butler has taken the former Kentucky Wildcat under his wing. Around this time last year, the 20-year-old took part in the famously intense guard's offseason workouts. It seemed like the grueling exercises did not scare off the young pupil, as his performance Wednesday was done in honor of the man who's been teaching him the ways of the NBA.
“I more wanna do it for Jimmy (Butler), though..He hasn’t been to the Finals. I wanna do it for him... He’s been a great big brother for me since I’ve been in Miami, and I know how much it means for him to win. And I wanna help him get there.”— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) September 24, 2020
-Tyler Herro post game#HEATTwitter
Of course, it's not like Butler is the only one who was heaping praise on Herro. After the incredible Game 4 performance, pretty much all of his veteran teammates talked about his fearless playing style that gave Miami a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
"To him, there's no pressure." - @JimmyButler— NBA (@NBA) September 24, 2020
"He's put in so much work." - @Bam1of1
"He's going to be a star." - @Goran_Dragic
"We need his skillset." - @CoachSpo
The Miami Heat speak on Tyler Herro's ability and importance.
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But perhaps the most impressive thing about all this is that Butler, a player frequently maligned for his ostracizing personality and overall intensity, does have the capacity to be a role model for a particular brand of player. The results of that tutelage in this high stakes series speaks for itself.