MIAMI (AP)Tyler Herro’s strained left groin forced the Miami Heat to rule him out of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
It was the second consecutive game that Herro – the NBA’s sixth man of the year this season – has needed to miss because of the injury.
Herro has averaged 13.5 points in the playoffs on 41% shooting, down considerably from his regular-season numbers of 20.7 points on nearly 45% shooting.
The Celtics got defensive player of the year Marcus Smart back for Game 5. Smart missed Game 4 because of a sprained right ankle.
The Heat and Celtics were tied 2-2 entering the game Wednesday.
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