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Paul Pierce has bizarre take on potential Tyler Herro return

Paul Pierce at an event

Jul 10, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former basketball player Paul Pierce arrives on the red carpet at Microsoft Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat appear increasingly likely to get guard Tyler Herro back from injury at some point in the NBA Finals. Paul Pierce, however, does not see that as a good thing.

In the latest episode of the “Ticket & The Truth” podcast with Kevin Garnett, Pierce made the bizarre statement that he did not see where Herro fit into the current iteration of the Heat in the midst of their successful playoff run. Pierce even added that Caleb Martin should keep playing ahead of Herro, even if Herro is healthy.

“If I’m Miami, how do you even play him? They got a rhythm going,” Pierce said of Herro. “Him being hurt might have been a blessing in disguise for them because we see what Caleb Martin has turned into, because Caleb Martin is better than Herro. That might throw Caleb off.”

To be clear, Martin has had an outstanding playoff. That was particularly true in the Eastern Conference Finals, where he was second on the team with 19.3 points per game. Herro, however, averaged over 20 a game during the regular season, and brings a major perimeter threat to a Miami offense that, while better in the playoffs, was not great in the regular season. Plus, Martin scored just three points on 1-of-7 shooting in Thursday’s series opener at Denver.

Some of Pierce’s predictions have aged poorly during the playoffs, to put it mildly. It’s tough to see this take aging much better.


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