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Mario Chalmers questionable for Game 2

Apr 23, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat

Al Jefferson’s strained plantar fascia is the most influential injury in the Heat-Bobcats series, but Mario Chalmers is also dealing with his own injury suffered during the Heat’s Game 1 win.

Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald:

Miami Heat starting point guard Mario Chalmers is questionable for Wednesday’s playoff game against the Charlotte Bobcats after bruising his knee Sunday in Game 1.

Chalmers was limited in practice Tuesday and will be reevaluated by team trainers before Wednesday morning’s shootaround and then again before Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.

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The Heat probably don’t need Chalmers to win Game 2, but if they’re committed to starting Udonis Haslem, it could help in the long run.

Miami’s Game 1 starting lineup – Chalmers, Haslem, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – played just 68 minutes together during the regular season and struggled in that limited sample (offensive rating: 85.4/defensive rating: 95.1/net rating: -9.8). The unit was also outscored by 13 points in nine minutes during Game 1.

Ideally for the Heat, they can give that lineup more time to find its groove, but that’s not necessarily about winning this series.

Charlotte, especially if Jefferson is hobbled, probably lacks the juice to seriously threaten the Heat, even if Norris Cole and Toney Douglas take larger roles.

Erik Spoelstra should think long term. On one hand, that means letting Chalmers get healthy, but that also means Chalmers and the other starters developing chemistry. How Chalmers feels should dictate which way the coach falls.

  1. raylewisandhisteeth - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    No one needs Chalmers. The only reason he is even still in the league is because he is surrounded by all stars. He is a terrible PG.

    • reesesteel23 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Terrible starting PG’s don’t win HS State Championships, National Championships at one of the highest profile college programs, and NBA championships.

      Yes he has all 3.

      • raylewisandhisteeth - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Allow me to rephrase, terrible NBA caliber PG. Sure he can beat up on high school kids or college kids; but he is not a good NBA PG. His attitude and ego are annoying and his skill is mediocre at beat. I could run a looong list of players who won state championship and guys who won National Titles (even back to back titles) who weren’t good enough for the NBA.

        Chamers is not good. Plain and simple. He benefits from the team around him. He needs humility. Not more pats on the back.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      “I rarely watch the Heat play.” -raylewisandhisteeth

      Younger Chalmers was a little bit of a mess. But he has matured and this year was his best year. I also think he is a perfect fit for LeBron, Wade and Bosh. He knows his role – he can defend and shoot threes well/catch and shoot well – and he’s now able to read the game and accurately determine when the team needs him to attack more, or when the team needs him to get the ball to the stars.

      Side note: Chalmers has become REAL crafty with sneaking in those quick layups on bigs in 2014. He’s made a lot of critical buckets with that move this season.

      So I have absolutely zero issues with Mario Chalmers at PG in Miami (who would have a problem with a PG that started for 3 championship teams?). In fact, I think the Heat are lucky to have him.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Haslem can’t score anymore. Can’t hit jumpers, can’t dunk. Probably time to move on to a different starting lineup. Miami should never have amnestied Mike Miller. Even at the time I thought Joel Anthony was the better candidate.

  3. cantonbound13 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Oh no! Not the self proclaimed top 10 pg. what will they ever do without him?

  4. redbaronx - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    The Greatest Hits of Stupid Comments from Sumkat (Part 2)

    1) “Toronto has NEVER picked #1”. He must have started following the NBA yesterday and doesn’t know who Andre Bargnani is.
    2) “The Wizards tanked to get Kwame Brown” With MJ at the helm….riiiiiight.

    This guy is just too much fun!

  5. archibaldnemesis - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    tony douglas is the worst.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Dude, he seriously is. He can’t play at all. I’d rather start Greg Oden at PG.

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