Herro expected back; Smart, Williams in for Celts

by Gordon Dixon - The Heat say guard Tyler Herro will warm up with the intent to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night, while Marcus Smart and Robert Williams III will both start for the Celtics without any minutes restrictions.

Herro expected back; Smart, Williams in for Celts

Tyler Herro expected back for Miami Heat in Game 7; Marcus Smart, Robert Williams to start for Boston Celtics 7:27 PM ET Nick FriedellESPN Staff Writer Close Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. MIAMI -- The Miami Heat say guard Tyler Herro will warm up with the intent to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Sunday night. They said the same applies to their other players on the injury report (Kyle Lowry and Max Strus , questionable with lingering hamstring strains). Herro has been out over a week since suffering a left groin strain in Game 3 on May 21. Herro spent some time getting shots up and trying to stay loose before the biggest game of Miami's season. "Right now it's all hands on deck," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said during his pregame availability. "He passed his testing with the trainers. He's really been working diligently the last few days. Each day he's made significant improvement, and he was able to do shootaround this morning, but more importantly he was able to do things in the training room and pass those tests to be available." Herro is averaging 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and three assists over three games in this series. For the Celtics, defensive player of the year Marcus Smart and center Robert Williams III will both start without any minutes restrictions, coach Ime Udoka said, after they were originally listed as questionable for the series finale. Smart has been dealing with an ankle sprain and Williams is playing through ongoing knee soreness following surgery. The Associated Press contributed to this report.