One of the more controversial plays of Game 1 came when Mario Chalmers was hit with multiple fouls for shoving C.J. Watson mid-air out of bounds and into a scoring table. The play resulted in four free throws and the possession for Indiana and turned out to be a game changing moment.
But while he was called for a flagrant and a technical foul, or at least that’s what it seemed like at the time, Chalmers isn’t apologizing for his play, saying he was just making splay to prevent a basket and nothing more sinister.
“I didn’t want him to get a continuation,” Chalmers said, via the Sun-Sentinel. “That’s all it was. It wasn’t like I was going across his head or anything. I just stopped him from getting a 3-point play.”
The Heat need Chalmers to play much smarter than that, and it ended up contributing to the Game 1 loss. Mistakes like the one Chalmers made — on purpose or not — aren’t the plays that championship teams make and we saw the result of that on Sunday afternoon.
Chalmers is capable of so much better and we can at least expect him to come out with a vengeance on Tuesday to get a little payback for whatever got called on him and contributed to the loss.