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Mario Chalmers: Heat took a ‘back seat’ in NBA Finals

mario-chalmersThe Miami Heat were unable to win a third consecutive NBA championship this past summer because they ran into a much better team. The San Antonio Spurs simply had better coaching and were more complete. And the way Mario Chalmers played certainly didn’t help Miami.

Chalmers knows that. He also feels that the Heat didn’t put him in the best position to contribute and that the entire team took a “back seat” in the NBA Finals.

“Everybody in my ear, talking about, ‘We need you, we need you to do this, we need you to do that.'” Chalmers told Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report. “And then when it comes to the game, I didn’t feel involved. Like, you all talk about how y’all need me, but y’all didn’t put me in position to do anything. In previous years, if I was in that position, I would make sure I would go get the ball, I would put myself in position to score. I felt like this year, we all just took too much of a back seat in the Finals.”

Chalmers said he sat at home and “pouted” after the Spurs went on to win the series. He also acknowledged that his 4.4 points, 2.0 turnovers and 3.2 fouls per game hurt the Heat. When Miami decided to draft former UConn point guard Shabazz Napier, Chalmers wasn’t confident he would be back.

The former Kansas star is sticking around, but LeBron James did not. However, Chalmers feels LeBron’s departure could open up opportunities for him to show he can compete at a high level in addition to allowing the Heat to go overlooked.

“I feel like I’ve finally got a chance to shine, show my real game,” he said. “Me, CB, D-Wade and the rest of the guys, we’re going to pick it up, we’re still going to play Miami Heat basketball, and we’re still gonna be a competitor.”

It will be tough to compete with LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites in the Eastern Conference for obvious reasons, but I agree with Chalmers that the Heat aren’t getting enough credit. If Dwyane Wade can get healthy during the offseason, they should still be in the mix come playoff time.

Mario Chalmers admits he’s the guy who is not helping out

mario-chalmersWhen Mario Chalmers elevates his game, the Miami Heat typically win. Defenses already have to concern themselves with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the sharp-shooting Ray Allen. If Chalmers gives them something else to worry about, it is often too much to handle.

The 26-year-old has yet to do that in the NBA Finals.

Chalmers has gotten progressively less productive as the playoffs have gone on. He is averaging just 3.3 points and 3.0 assists against the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 9.0 points in the first series against the Charlotte Bobcats, 7.2 against the Brooklyn Nets and 5.7 against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

After Tuesday night’s blowout loss in Game 3, Chalmers blamed himself.

“I think everybody else is doing their job and I’m being that guy that’s not helping out,” he said, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. “I don’t want to be that guy.”

Last year, Chalmers was a difference maker in the NBA Finals against the Spurs. You could argue that he led the Heat to victories with 19 points Game 2 and 20 points in Game 6. He also scored 14 on the biggest stage in Game 7.

So far, this series has been the opposite. Chalmers has almost as many turnovers (9) as points (10) through three games. We’re not going to say the Heat need Chalmers to play well to win a championship, because we all know LeBron is capable of putting the team on his back at any moment. That said, Chalmers could make life a lot easier on his teammates by stepping up. At least he knows it.

LeBron James goes after Mario Chalmers, later apologizes (Video)

Have you ever seen LeBron James get so angry that went after a teammate and had to be restrained? It’s not often that happens, but it did on Wednesday night during the Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers game.

James went after Mario Chalmers during a timeout in the second half of Miami’s 97-94 home win over the Pacers and had to be restrained by a teammate. Was he upset with Chalmers for playing bad defense that led to Paul George hitting a wide open 3-pointer? Who knows.

What we do know is that LeBron later apologized to ‘Rio for the incident:

He also sent this public apology to Chalmers via Twitter:

When was the last time you saw LeBron get that heated at a teammate? The guy is usually so composed on the court. And he also earns more PR points for owning it and apologizing.

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Mario Chalmers had a rough game, possibly because of some bad crab dip

mario-chalmersMario Chalmers had a night to forget against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Fortunately, we’re only in the preseason. The Miami Heat guard shot 0-for-9 from the field, including a horrendous 0-for-7 from three-point range. His only two points came on free throws, and Chalmers turned the ball over four times. Don’t worry, he has a valid excuse.

Chalmers has been an important role player for the Heat during their back-to-back championship runs. Hopefully he learned his lesson on Tuesday night and will be laying off the crab dip prior to games once the regular season begins.

On one hand, you have to wonder why any athlete would slam down some crab dip before a game. On the other, do you remember what Kobe Bryant said he ate before his incredible 81-point performance? Maybe Chalmers thought the crab would give him a boost.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

Paul George to Mario Chalmers: ‘stop flopping’ (Video)

Paul George stop floppingPaul George had a message for Mario Chalmers after the Miami Heat guard tried flopping on him during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Indiana Pacers forward was dribbling beyond the 3-point line and deciding what he would do. As he backed up into Chalmers, Chalmers flopped, giving George a wide open look. George took the three and made it to put Indiana up 17-15 in the first quarter. Chalmers didn’t get the call from the refs, but he heard it from George on the Heat’s trip up the floor.

“Stop flopping!” George barked at Chalmers. “Stop flopping! Flopping a– n—–.”

Flopping has been a huge issue throughout the series. Lance Stephenson flopped on Ray Allen in Game 4, and then LeBron James and David West were fined for flopping on the same play in Game 4. And in Game 6, LeBron James, who said in the past that he doesn’t flop, flopped on George. This time it was James’ teammate flopping on George. Maybe the players will be less inclined to flop if they’re not getting the calls.

H/T Mike P

Chris Bosh chews out Mario Chalmers, and Joakim Noah loves it (Video)

Chris Bosh chewed out teammate Mario Chalmers late in the third quarter of Game 3 between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, much to Joakim Noah’s delight.

The discord between Bosh and Chalmers seemed to begin after Chalmers turned over the ball on offense. Chalmers was trying to drive the lane and then looked to pass when he encountered multiple defenders. He turned it over on an errant pass in Bosh’s direction.

On the next possession, Jimmy Butler backed down Chalmers and dished to Taj Gibson for a layup and foul. Before Gibson went to the line, Bosh lit into Chalmers. Noah came over after a few seconds and gave a bunch of claps, clearly pleased that the Heat teammates were bickering.

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Heat and Mavericks Get into Mini-Fight During Second Quarter (Video)

The Heat and Mavericks had some bad blood develop during their NBA Finals series. There was no real rivalry between the teams, but there were some individuals who had previous beef (see LeBron James and DeShawn Stevenson). While nobody will confuse this series for the real hatred going on in the Stanley Cup Final, they did get into a mini-fight during the second quarter. That there was a debate about players possibly being suspended if there were a Game 7 is laughable. That was such a non-incident, and honestly, would you expect everyone to hold hands and hug at midcourt? Both Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem got technical fouls as did DeShawn Stevenson. The Mavs ended up with an extra free throw as a result, but if you’re going to T-up Chalmers there, you should do the same thing to Tyson Chandler for putting his hands on Haslem.

Thanks to Ben Golliver for the video