The descriptions for what Mario Chalmers accomplished Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks were essentially in 3-D: Dominant. Determined. Dogged. And yet, through it all, through the 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and take-charge play in each of the three overtimes in the Miami Heat's 116-109 victory, there was another word about the Chalmers Experience that was unavoidable: Infuriating. No, not Thursday, but in the bigger picture. How can a player this committed, this much in control, this focused also be the same player who throws passes into the front row, loses track of his defensive assignments, commits five turnovers in the previous meeting against the Hawks and six in a game earlier this season against the Boston Celtics? Granted, this was not a typical night for Chalmers or the Heat, with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James sidelined by nagging injuries that also could keep them out of Saturday's game against the New Jersey Nets, the second stop of this five-game trip.
Amid adversity, Mario Chalmers graduates to next level
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jan 7