Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  10 responses

Mario Chalmers Came Up Huge in Game 4 of the NBA Finals

Mario Chalmers was indeed “Super” last night, helping push the Miami Heat to the brink of the NBA title. From the AP: “Chalmers scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half, 12 of them coming in the fourth quarter, as the Heat moved one win away from a championship with a 104-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the finals. The Heat now lead the series 3-1, and can clinch the crown with a home victory Thursday night. ‘No matter what, no matter how tough we are on him, he actually thinks he’s the best player on this team and that’s a gift and a curse,’ Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. ‘But tonight it was a gift for us because he never gets down on himself, he always believes, `Find me, I can make a shot. I can make a play.’ He was huge for us.’ Chalmers is the official Heat locker room criticism lightning rod. LeBron James, in particular, thinks nothing of screaming a few things at Chalmers after Miami’s point guard makes a mistake in a game. It happens almost every game, actually, and because Chalmers usually seems undeterred by it all, the Heat have never seen a reason to stop directing the in-game antics his way. [...] ‘We’ve been staying on him because we need him,’ Heat forward Chris Bosh said. ‘We knew coming into the season we needed him to be a better point guard. We all had to get better, and he’s just outlasted a tremendous amount of pressure and he’s responding every time, and that’s what he does.’ [...] The Thunder opened the game with Kevin Durant guarding Chalmers, a move to keep Durant – who played off him a bit – out of foul trouble. It worked on that front. It failed on another, the one that left Chalmers fired up about the snub. ‘Yeah, I took that as a little sign of disrespect,’ Chalmers said. ‘For me, I worked too hard to be in the position I’m in now. Even though my offense wasn’t clicking three games in the series, I wanted to step up for my team, and I was able to do that.’”

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  • ash

    He was very big. If he stays agressive and Miami trust him more, he can be the Rajon Rondo for the Celtics. Meaning the leader,can take the pressure off Lebron, and Miami will not need a Steve Nash.

  • Coggie13

    Had his Kansas jersey on underneath his heat jersey tonight.

  • Heals

    Pretty good for the guy who gets yelled at more than any other Heat player by his teammates…

  • MeloMan15

    Kind of easy when every shot you take is wide open. OKC was playing him like he was Rondo

  • MVP23100

    The boy balls out always he played well the Dallas series last year he does dumb s*** like always fouling the shooter but I want him on my team

  • theunsunghero

    “Kind of easy?” Melo man…really? Maybe shooting wide open j’s at the gym by yourself, playing 2K or playing pick up or something. Try stroking in the NBA finals dude. Wide open or not, Chalmers came up huge last night on (arguably) basketball’s biggest stage. Show love.

  • MeloMan15

    show love for what? every point guard in the league should be able to hit the shots that chalmers gets. I can name over 50 players that would do the same thing. So yes, his job is easy

  • LA Huey

    Heals, dude is like the Heat’s Kukoc. It’s hilarious. I think they’re hard on him because they know his importance and potential and get frustrated with rookie mistakes he makes every game.

  • theunsunghero

    Meloman15 when I said “show love” I was hoping that even if you don’t like him or think that his job is “easy” give him some props for having a huge game last night in a critical NBA finals game. I would hope that over players in the league would be able to hit “wide open” jumpers in games…but in the finals dude? Not as easy to get the shots to fall…ask Lebron about last year or Harden after last game.

  • MeloMan15

    Bro, a game is a game… finals or not, that shouldn’t change the fact that if you’re in the nba, you should make wide open shots. Especially when thats your calling