By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Goran Dragic, one of the veterans of the Miami Heat, tipped his hat off to rookie guard Herro, the squad’s youngest player, following the latter’s record-breaking scoring performance in the Game 4 win over the Boston Celtics.
“First of all, I don’t believe he’s 20. How he’s playing,” Dragic said with a laugh in a zoom call after the victory. “We believe in him, everybody believes him. That’s why we’re not afraid to put the ball on his hands. And tonight…. I mean unbelievable, tremendous game for him. He was making a lot of plays, a lot of big shots.”
Herro scored 37 points to set a new playoff record for the franchise. His 37 points also marked the second-best by a player of 20 or younger after Magic Johnson in 1980.
Dragic was impressed but not surprised.
“Nothing new, if I’m honest,” Dragic said. “I’ve already seen him do that throughout the whole season. He even had a couple of big shots in the playoffs. Not every night is going to be his night but we keep encouraging him. He’s a special player in this league.”
Despite his 21 points, Dragic wasn’t exactly satisfied with the fact that he shot 8-21 from the field, including 3-9 3-pointers.
“I missed a couple of easy looks, layups. A couple of open threes. I knew I had to bring it. They’re playing good defense and in most possessions, [Marcus] Smart is on me. For me, trying to be out there, helping my teammates. I just stayed with it. I’m not going to be every game but I try to be solid defensively, run the offense and be myself.”
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