Tyler Herro avoids being parked due to protocols; Goran Dragic, Avery Bradley back for Heat

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Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Two days after saying that a housemate had tested positive for COVID-19, Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro was back with the team for Monday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Herro was kept away from the team for Sunday’s practice and initially was listed as questionable for Monday game in the NBA’s “health and safety protocols.”

NBA contact tracing has left several players parked away from their teams for a week or longer this season amid the coronavirus pandemic, with six Heat players each missing two games earlier this season due to contact tracing.

Herro dealt with coronavirus last spring, during the NBA’s shutdown.

Herro said he learned of his housemate’s positive test at halftime of Saturday’s victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings. He then played through the second half of that game and conducted his postgame Zoom media session from the arena.

Herro had missed seven games with neck spasms before returning for Thursday’s home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Heat backcourt proved to be significantly bolstered.

Goran Dragic, who had missed the previous three games due to a strained left groin, again was available, as was guard Avery Bradley, who had missed the previous two games due to bruised knee following a one-game return, after he had missed eight games in pandemic protocols following a positive COVID-19 result.

Also, Andre Iguodala (neck) and Gabe Vincent (knee) both had been listed as probable on the Heat injury report, with both available against the Hornets.

The Heat, however, still remain less than whole, with the team previously announcing it would be without center Meyers Leonard and forwards Chris Silva and Moe Harkless.

It was the 12th consecutive absence for Leonard, due to a strained left shoulder. It was the fifth consecutive absence for Harkless, due to a bruised left thigh. It was the seventh consecutive absence for Silva, due to a left hip flexor strain.