The Miami Heat, despite being the number two seed in the Eastern Conference, are considered to be the prohibitive favorites to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season, and they began their quest with a convincing win over the Charlotte Bobcats this weekend. However, an important player in their rotation emerged from the game with an injury concern, and that issue caused point guard Mario Chalmers to miss practice on Tuesday.
Mario Chalmers (right shin contusion) did not participate in today’s practice – all other players did.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 22, 2014
Chalmers played 25 minutes in the opener, down from approximately 30 per game this season, but the shin contusion did not seem to negatively affect his play, and this is likely a non-issue from an availability perspective. The Heat and Bobcats resume their season on Wednesday night in Miami, and Chalmers isn’t expected to miss the game at this point in time.
Still, the Heat have much higher aspirations than grabbing a win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, and they do need Chalmers at full strength. The 27-year-old point guard has endured some real scrutiny over the years, especially from his own teammates, but as nearly a 39% three-point shooter and plus-defender in the backcourt, he has developed into a nice supporting piece for the Heat.
Stay tuned for any updates as they become available, but expect Chalmers to be in the lineup for Game 2.