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Heat’s Mario Chalmers MRI shows sprained knee, out 2 weeks

Mar 20, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

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When teammates had to help him off the court Saturday night, it looked like it could be much worse.

So the news that Miami starting point guard Mario Chalmers will be out two weeks with a sprained knee, while not good, is not what many feared after he went down. Chalmers had an MRI Sunday that showed a sprain with no structural damage, the Associated Press reports.

Chalmers injured his knee during a non-contact play during the first quarter of the Heat’s win against the Nuggets Saturday. He had to be helped off the court by teammates and did not return to the game.

The Heat have 13 games remainng this season, two weeks would keep Chalmers out for six of them.

Mike Bibby is now the starting point guard for the Heat. They may consider bringing in free agent or D-League guards, because since trading Carlos Arroyo and now with Chalmers out Bibby is the only healthy point guard on the roster. However, there is not a lot of quality players out there to be had.

  1. thestudiokida - Mar 20, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Mario Chalmers has been great for the Heat, clearly the 4th most productive member of the team. I’m glad he’s not hurt too bad. This will give Bibby a chance to fully integrate with the offense and Mario’s minutes will probably go to James Jones.

  2. rodge1 - Mar 20, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Chalmers has huge upside. His biggest problem is maturity issues but with experience he will be fine. Can’t wait to watch this Heat team at full capacity. Good luck haters!!!!!

  3. hnirobert3 - Mar 20, 2011 at 10:47 PM


    Chalmer’s is a turnstyle. Any time he makes a positive play you can count on him making two negative plays. If I’m not mistaken, he’s the only member of the Heat with a lower field goal percentage this year than previous seasons (which is saying a lot considering guys from Z to James Jones are having all time highs). The team looks a lot more slick with Bibby than turnstyle Chalmers.

  4. rodge1 - Mar 20, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    That’s why I said he needs experience and he needs to mature. Not every player breaks out whenever you want brainiac. Riley and his protege’s systems aren’t young player-friendly. Wade was an exception because he’s a basketball freak. Besides Wade, which youngsters has Miami developed?……. That’s what I thought, say goodbye to the bad-guy

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      Developing has NEVER been Riley’s motto. He believes in trading picks and young players for established players, whether it be guys like Hardaway, Mourning, LBJ and Bosh, or role players like Anthony Mason, Eddie Jones, Mashburn, Posey, etc.

      Chalmers has lost his starting job… 3 times now? He lost it to Arroyo and Skip to My Lou last year. He lost it to Arroyo this year even though the team said it was Chalmers’ to lose, and he was about to lose it to Bibby given reports that were coming out prior to Chalmers’ injury.

      Dude just doesn’t get “it.” He’ll be a serviceable change of pace/energy guy, but not a starter.

  5. ibleedaquaorange - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Chalmers has generally been disappointing all year. He’s only begun to make some plays in the last month or two; the most important thing I’ve noticed is that he’s actually putting the ball on the floor and moving toward the basket (usually along the baseline), trying to create something… it’s great to see motion in that stagnant half-court offense and he’s been a solid contributor there. If he stays aggressive and continues working on his 3-point shot, he’ll be fine.

    Also, Miami hasn’t “developed any youngsters” (though I’d say they developed Caron Butler) because as long as they’ve had Wade, they’ve either been A.) building contenders (trading for veterans), or B.) taking on expiring contracts to make what we have now a reality.

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