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Heat G Mario Chalmers (knee) out up to 2 weeks

Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 6:04 pm
 
Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers could miss up to two weeks with a sprained right knee. Posted by Ben Golliver.
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The Associated Press reports that Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers, who has been starting for the club since late January, is expected to miss up to two weeks with a right knee sprain after undergoing an MRI on Sunday. 

Chalmers went down against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Here's how the Palm Peach Post described the injury. 
Chalmers, who started his 27th straight game Saturday, landed awkwardly after a Denver Nuggets possession late in the first quarter, then stumbled toward the scorers' table as his teammates sprinted upcourt.
Miami called time-out, and several Heat players walked over to observe and encourage him.
Any time a player is carried off the court because of a knee injury, a sprain is really the best case scenario. That Chalmers should be back in plenty of time for the playoffs is worth a big sigh of a relief for Heat fans. But his absence comes during the crucial stretch run, as the Heat, currently the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed, look to make up ground against the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls, who they trail by two games. 

The Heat recently signed veteran point guard Mike Bibby, who was waived by the Washington Wizards after being traded by the Atlanta Hawks earlier this year. Miami had to release point guard Carlos Arroyo to make room for Bibby.

Even with Bibby on board, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra will likely turn over additional ballhandling duties to forward LeBron James, who has assumed that role earlier this season well. 

The injury comes during a stretch of up and down basketball for Miami, as the Heat have split their last 10 games, going 5-5, with all five losses coming to playoff teams (Magic, Spurs, Bulls, Blazers and Thunder). If there's good news for Miami, it's that their schedule lightens up considerably with games against lottery teams like the Pistons, Rockets, Cavaliers, Wizards, Timberwolves, Nets and Bucks over the next three weeks. Chalmers or not, as long as the Heat show up they should be able to take care of each and every one of those opponents.
Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Heat G Mario Chalmers (knee) out up to 2 weeks

NO REASON TO FRET...HEAT HAVE THE 63 YR OLD BIBBY TO KEEP THEM AFLOAT & HAS BEEN THRU MANY PLAYOFF BATTLES....BOB COUSY IS STILL AVAILABLE & IS A YOUNG 87 WHO HAS BEEN THRU EVERY PLAYOFF SCENARIO POSSIBLE...AND I BET THEIR OWN ASST COACH BOB MCADOO CAN SPELL BOSH....



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:32 am
 

Heat G Mario Chalmers (knee) out up to 2 weeks

Nice anti-Heat bias in this article:

"the Heat have split their last 10 games, going 5-5, with all five losses coming to playoff teams"

Gee, why not point out how the five wins have ALSO come against playoff teams (Lakers, Spurs, Nuggets, Hawks, Grizzlies). I'm not suggesting that 5-5 against playoff-caliber teams is something worth applauding, but it's deceptive to ONLY point out the losses going to playoff teams (especially since they came right back around and beat the same Spurs they lost to by 30 a week later).



Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 12:50 am
 

Heat G Mario Chalmers (knee) out up to 2 weeks

Be back just in time for the playoffs...no biggie for the Heat



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Heat G Mario Chalmers (knee) out up to 2 weeks

did you really just make a post about the rockets on a mario chalmers injury update?



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Heat G Mario Chalmers (knee) out up to 2 weeks

Don't count out the Rockets just yet.  They're coming off wins against Phoenix and Boston, and they pushed the Spurs pretty hard in a losing effort.

They're not a playoff lock by any means; their fate is still squarely in the "to be determined" category.


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