I’ve noticed it, you’ve noticed it…Mario Chalmers walking away with his head down while other starting Miami Heat players yell at him. Now thanks to ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez we finally have some answers.
There is a reason why some of the Heat players yell at Chalmers during games. According to Dwyane Wade:
“No matter what, no matter how tough we are on him, he actually thinks he’s the best player on this team. That’s a gift and a curse.”
“A lot of times Mario Chalmers doesn’t bring the ball up, and he’s the point guard. Then there’s other times we depend on him to do it so much, and we want him to make plays for us. I’m sure it’s confusing at times. He’s out of rhythm a lot, but he’s a big-game kind of player.”
Shane Battier also said that sometimes you have to yell at him because he won’t listen or his head won’t be in the game.
“He has a tendency to float sometimes, mentally. I think that just frustrates everybody else and they say, ‘Come on. Do you realize how important you are for our team?’”
But one things for sure, even though he struggled in the first three games, he came through big time for the Heat in their Game 4 win. He had 19 points in the second half and hit three pointers when his team needed it the most.
The Miami Heat take a 3-1 championship series lead into Game 5 tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tip off starts at about 9 PM ET on ABC.