The Miami Heat learned life without Mario Chalmers can at times be difficult. It was evident when Chalmers sat out with a sprained left wrist Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. The Heat refuse to blame Chalmers' absence on the 102-89 loss, but his presence was missed. Chalmers not only affected the rotation but also how the Heat ran their offense. "In hindsight, I would've tried to keepNorris [Cole] coming off the bench," Spoelstra said. "I like the way he played, but instead of making two changes, changing our starting lineup and also the reserves, we could've maybe just made that one change." Chalmers was back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center. After missing his first game of the season, the Heat welcomed back a key cog in their team. Forward LeBron James said Chalmers allows the Heat to have better spacing compared to Cole, the rookie who prefers to drive more to the basket. "His confidence is at an all-time high," James said. "He's shooting the ball extremely well. … We need him to stretch the floor. Norris is definitely great for us because he attacks, but I feel like when Mario in the starting lineup he spreads the floor. We need him out there."
Mario Chalmers returns to starting lineup
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 11