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NBA Finals: Chalmers provides spark for Heat

Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:43 am

Posted by Matt Moore

You can claim the shot shouldn't have counted. You can dismiss the performance in light of Bosh's huge second half or Wade's brilliance or anything you'd like, but the same thing keeps coming true. Mario Chalmers is taking advantage of the opportunities he's afforded and making the Mavericks pay for every shot they provide him by leaving him to double the Big 3. 

We thought Chalmers could be the difference maker in Game 3. And while he didn't have any of the dramatic type shots like the one he had at the end of Game 2, his impact was felt. Chalmers finished with 12 points on eight attempts, all from the perimeter, as he once again blistered the Mavericks from the corner. In an 83 pace game, Chalmers' efficiency was key. Chalmers has talked repeatedly this week about taking advantages of opportunities afforded him by the Mavericks' decisions defensively, and in Game 3, he once again made them pay.

"I don't worry about their defense," the man the Heat call "Rio" said, "It's about getting into a rhythm, finding your spots and then knocking them down."  

Chalmers is the youngest player in the active rotation for the Heat, and it shows. He's constantly being singled out by the superstars, constantly being talked to. After Chalmers hit the game-tying shot in Game 2, LeBron James was seen talking to him about his defense on a previous shot by Jason Kidd. When Chalmers picked up his third foul in the first half against Jason Terry and showed frustration, both James and Wade were in his ear. He is pressured to be experienced and make big plays, despite the talent around him and his relative inexperience. But you could tell after Game 3 head coach Erik Spoelstra was pleased with what Chalmers brought to the table.

"He's a tough kid. He's a gutsy player. We all know in big moments he doesn't shy away," Spoelstra said, "He gave us some big plays... He's not afraid of the moment."

After having his moment stolen from him by Chris Bosh in Game 2, Chalmers went right back to work. Little brother is putting in big minutes.
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