How the Miami Heat will replace Terry Rozier against Boston, Guard receives good news in update

Robinson returned from a four-game absence in Friday’s Play-In win over the Chicago Bulls, though he saw just 12 minutes of action. Winderman said Rozier traveled to Boston with the team, while Butler did not.

The Celtics defeated the Heat 3-0 during the regular season. They won each of those three games by at least four points and held the Heat to 111 or less.

Who will replace Terry Rozier in the starting lineup?

Miami is 22-17 since acquiring Rozier from Charlotte. The Heat are 7-2 (including two play-in games) without Rozier in the lineup during this stretch and 4-1 without Butler and him.

Rozier has been out since April 8 and Herro fills the role of point guard. Despite being better off on the ball, Herro is used to dealing with punt duties.

Rozier’s absence shifts the spotlight to Jaime Jaquez Jr. and possibly Nikola Jovic. Jaquez, who will start alongside Herro, had a strong rookie campaign and played exceptionally in their two play-in tournament games this year.

Delon Wright projects to be the Heat’s third guard, though Robinson could see some time in the backcourt. Speaking of Robinson, coach Erik Spoelstra will have to make a decision on whether Robinson can play tomorrow.

Will Spoelstra start Robinson or keep Caleb Martin and Jovic in the starting five? Robinson came off the bench against the Bulls. Anyway, Martin will start at three or four, depending on Robinson.

Erik Spoelstra’s upcoming lineup decisions

Regardless of who is on the Heat’s first unit, Spoelstra will likely limit his rotation to eight players (a maximum of nine). Herro, Adebayo, Martin, Jaquez, Robinson and Wright are absolute values. Kevin Love, Haywood Highsmith and Wright will get most of the points off the bench. After that, either Jokic or Patty Mills could see a few minutes, depending on Robinson’s health.

Despite their injury situation, the Heat seem quite confident heading into the battle against Boston. Miami stopped the Celtics in seven games in last year’s Eastern Conference finals after winning its first three games.

“Honestly, I love this position,” Herro told Winderman. “A lot of people didn’t think we would win (Friday), and that’s part of it. I have the feeling that we are better when our backs are against the wall anyway.”

“So we go to Boston and come up with a plan with the coaching staff to stop one of the better teams, almost always, on paper.”