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Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem replace Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh as LeBron’s scoring sidekicks

May 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, LeBron James

Chris Bosh missed the Heat’s first shot, Dwyane Wade missed their second, and Udonis Haslem missed their third. Of those three players, one attempted more shots than each of the other two and also didn’t miss again. Who was it?

LeBron James has led the Heat in scoring in all five games of the Eastern Conference Finals, which Miami leads 3-2, and Bosh and Wade ranked second and third in Game 1 and Game 2. Wade ranked second in Game 3 and third in Game 4, though Bosh slipped further down the list.

Finally, in Game 5, all heck broke loose for the Heat behind LeBron.

Haslem shot 8-for-8 after missing his first shot for 16 points, and Mario Chalmers scored 12 points.

Wade scored a pedestrian 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting, and Bosh produced even less, scoring seven points on 3-of-7 shooting.

For a team with a Big Three, Miami has seen only LeBron rank among its top three scorers in each game of the series:

Game 1

  • LeBron (30)
  • Wade (19)
  • Bosh (17)

Game 2

  • LeBron (36)
  • Bosh (17)
  • Wade (14)

Game 3

  • LeBron (22)
  • Wade (18)
  • Haslem (17)

Game 4

  • LeBron (24)
  • Chalmers (20)
  • Wade (16)

Game 5

  • LeBron (30)
  • Haslem (16)
  • Chalmers (12)

In Game 5, it was Haslem, not Bosh, spacing the floor by making mid-range jumpers. It was Chalmers, not Wade, keeping his dribble alive and finding shots as he drove toward the rim.

Wade (10, 16 and 18) and Bosh (7, 7 and 15) have combined to score 73 points in the Heat’s last three games. That’s the least those two have scored in three consecutive Miami games when both played in all three.

On the other hand, Chalmers (12, 20 and 14) and Haslem (16, 6 and 17) have combined to score 85 points in their last three games. That’s the most those two have scored in a three-game set in the Heat’s Big Three era.

Chalmers and Haslem deserve plenty of credit for stepping up next to LeBron when Miami needed them.

But Wade/Bosh scored 73 points in three games at their worse. Chalmers/Haslem scored 85 points in three games at their best. The 12 points separating them just isn’t that many.

Wade and Bosh have the potential to score so much more, and at some point, the Heat will probably need them to do that.

  1. hehateme2 - May 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Wade’s knee must really be bothering him. He was averaging like 30 points last year again the spacers…. big difference.

    • mrwrightsdad - May 31, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      I think those capri pants gave him feminine itch

      • pacersfan1 - May 31, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Now that is funny!

  2. gmsalpha - May 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Wade is done. Bosh is who we thought he was. LeBron IS the Heat, and he will not resign without some major changes. Without James, the Heat are maybe a seven seed.

    • beachsidejames - May 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Those are good points but makes the Pacers look pretty bad if they can’t beat a team that has only one player.

    • borderline1988 - May 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      What maddens me about Bosh is how crappy a rebounder he is. Even if he doesn’t rebound a single time in the entire game, but just devouts himself to boxing West out on every play, I’d be happy. But he is always just standing waiting for the ball to come to him. That Mahimi dunk that came off 3 offensive rebounds, after the Birdman was battling against 2 players and then finally fell to the ground…Bosh was literally just standing next to the rim the entire time. Just get your body in there!

      Sometimes I feel like Andersen and Haslem should just start at the 4 and 5 positions. If Bosh isn’t willing to give the effort needed to battle with the Pacers’ bigs, then sit him. At least the Birdman and Haslem try.

      • mafemani - May 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Couldnt agree more. Andersen deserves more playing time than Bosh currently.

      • pantsfreezone - May 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Part of the issue with Bosh is the scheme. The Heat are using him like a SG by placing him 18-22 feet from the rim in an attempt to clear Hibbert from the paint. The biggest issue is that outside of his 3s, Bosh isn’t hitting his shot and the defense isn’t respecting his mid-range game.

        And Bosh is a much better defender than he gets credit for, he is outweighed by like 30-40 pounds by West and Hibbert has at least 4 inches on him.

    • brad874 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Wade is not done, he is injured. He averaged 21 5 5 on 52%. Which is the best of his career!!!!! He is injured but he is still a top five player. CP3 is overrated

  3. djigel - May 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    This just in – LeBron James is awesome! I am pretty confident in saying that the Heat will come out on top in the series. It may go 7 – but James alone can carry a team past the Pacers if he gets hot (which is typically the case). Unless the Pacers can get some guys hot – they won’t be able to pull it out. Stevenson was lucky to hit the backboard on some of his shots last night.

    If I were a Heat fan, James made one comment that would concern me when he said he had to go back to the old “Cavalier Days” and carry the load. Wade’s struggles are palpable. Bosh is not showing to currently be a huge contributor. Chalmers is a nice player, but Haslem is inconsistent at times. Last year, Battier couldn’t miss a 3 and their shooters were amazing in the finals.

    As we all know well, James never won a ring in Cleveland as the sole contributor. I would argue he is better now than ever – but the concern is unless others step up, the team can not win long term. Also, looking forward, Riley will have some tough decisions in 2014 with James, Wade, Bosh – and how he wants to move forward. Let’s not forget, James left Cleveland because he always had to carry the load and they couldn’t get him over the top. Just some food for thought.

    Let’s face it – if the Heat go to the finals, at least we won’t have to watch the paint drying Spurs/Pacers slugfest.

  4. raidmagic - May 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I thought Lebron left Cleveland….weird.

  5. MyNameIsWilliamBillForShort - May 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    One thing became pretty clear to me as I watched game 5…Tim Duncan will be getting his 5th ring. Amazing.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Way too early to be calling that. Home court and the best player on the planet is a nice treat

    • fanofthegame79 - May 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Wrong. Match ups play a major part in how a series plays out. The Pacers are big up front with Hibbert, West and George. The Spurs simply don’t have that size. In fact, the Spurs play a game similar to the Heat…their center is a natural power forward (Tim Duncan) and they generally play small.

  6. trimaster1 - May 31, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    It’s funny: When the Heat were winning 27 games in a row, people couldn’t stop singing the praises of the HEAT. Not just Lebron, but the HEAT. And that includes Wade and Bosch.

    Now, all the sudden, the Heat are being criticized like they are an expansion team. Are they not ONE GAME from the Finals?

    If they were that bad, they wouldn’t have the 2nd longest streak in NBA history, AND we’d have these same criticisms a couple weeks/months/YEARS ago.

    The NBA is all about matchups. The Pacers are a big team that are a force to be reckoned with on the inside. They give EVERYBODY problems. The Heat are not a big team, and it’s VERY POSSIBLE the energy Bosch and (an injured Wade) play on the defensive end hinders their offensive game.

    That has happened to many players over the years.

    Again, the Heat are one gae away from the Finals, and if they win, they’ll play a team that has a much different style than the Pacers.

    Time will tell, but IF the Heat get by the Pacers and win their 2nd championship in a row, we’ll see what criticism people have then…

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