Heat’s Spoelstra sticks with same starters vs. Celtics; groin strain keeps Tyler Herro out again – The Mercury News
Despite point guard Kyle Lowry being limited by a balky hamstring and despite a shooting slump by guard Max Strus, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra opted against a lineup change for Friday night’s Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden.
“These are tough decisions. We’re going with that lineup,” he said, with his team going into the night down 3-2 to the Boston Celtics in the best-of-seven series. “It’s been a really successful lineup.”
The Heat have started that lineup throughout the playoffs when injuries have not gotten in the way of opening with Bam Adebayo, P.J. Tucker, Jimmy Butler, Lowry and Strus.
“This is a fast-moving series,” Spoelstra said. “And that happens with two competitive teams: Who can get to who? Who can get to their strengths more often? Who can take the other team out of their strengths?
“It’s a fine line between doing those things and making adjustments. But that’s part of the deal.”
The reserve rotation, though, remained altered, with sixth man Tyler Herro missing his third consecutive game Friday with a groin strain.
“These are not easy conversations or decisions,” Spoelstra said 90 minutes before Friday night’s tipoff. “He’s definitely made progress, but he’s not quite ready, you know, to step into this kind of intensity of a game.”
Spoelstra earlier said Herro had done some light work at the morning shootaround, but even then warned, “He is doing everything he possibly can to convince the head coach and trainers that he’s available, but we’ll make that determination.”
Asked what it would take to get Herro back on the court, Spoelstra said, “I’m going to have to talk to the trainers. He’s going to have to pass a few protocols.”
Spoelstra declined to say whether Herro’s injury would have been measured in days instead of weeks had this been the regular season.
“I think it’s irrelevant to get into all the details,” he said. “He’s not able to play tonight, you know. As badly as he wants to get out there, you know, this is the most responsible decision for us.”
Herro had been listed as questionable earlier in the day, as were Lowry (hamstring), Strus (hamstring), Tucker (knee) and guard Gabe Vincent (hamstring). There also is the issue of Butler playing through knee pain.
Spoelstra smiled when asked for an update about those players.
“Considering I’m not allowed to ask the other guys,” he said, “I’d assume that they’ll at least go through their routine.”
Spoelstra ended his media session with, “I think we’re going to get some great performances tonight, regardless of the lineups we have out there.”
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