Tyler Herro ruled out by Miami Heat for Game 2 of NBA Finals

DENVER – Optimsm turned into a continued waiting game Sunday for the Miami Heat, with Tyler Herro remaining sidelined in his recovery from a broken hand.

While the Heat on Saturday had listed the fourth-year guard as out for Sunday’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena, the league allows for changes in such status on game days.

Ultimately, despite a report by ESPN of a possible Herro return Sunday, the target date now moves to Wednesday’s Game 3, when the best-of-seven series shifts from Ball Arena to the first of two games at Kaseya Center.

There were two Sunday changes on the Heat’s injury report ahead of Game 2, with forward Caleb Martin, who had missed Saturday’s practice due to illness, and center Cody Zeller, who is dealing with a sprained right foot, both upgraded to available. They previously had been listed as questionable.

The Nuggets have not had any listings on their injury report during the series.

With Herro sitting out Sunday, it provides three additional days and one more practice to work his way back in with the team.

Still unclear if Herro is cleared to return to uniform is whether he would be reinserted in the rotation,  in light of the Heat’s playoff success with a revised rotation. He had been a starter until going down with his injury during the first half of the Heat’s first playoff game on April 16, undergoing surgery days later amid that series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Herro has traveled with the Heat throughout the postseason, including series victories over the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals and Boston Celtics in the East finals. He has been on the court with the Heat during their NBA Finals practice sessions, as well as working alone with assistant coach Chris Quinn.