Mario Chalmers Outplays Chris Paul As The Miami Heat Take Down The LA Clippers

By John Hayden
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat buried the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night at home. It always feels great to win in front of the home crowd and to dominate there. LeBron James had an awesome game and did it all like he always does: scores, rebounds, and blocked shots. He led all scorers tonight with 30 points and talked about being at home.  “It’s all about controlling home, letting people know we have a home dominance.” James even showed how much fun he was having when he passed the ball to a fan in the stands who was wearing his number. James is the total package for this team despite all these rumors about him going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers after he becomes a free agent. Not only did he have a great game but Dewayne Wade did in spite of having flu-like systems. Wade finished with 20 point and didn’t even look like he was sick. For the Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin was back in action but they didn’t help much as the Heat played with passion.

Wade wasn’t the only one with flu-like symptoms, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen, who were both out with the flu. That flu bug is going around the Heat locker room and hopefully James won’t catch it soon. The Heat are a much more dangerous team when receiving contributions from others besides Wade and James. As Mario Chalmers came to play and outplayed  Paul who was back in action tonight after missing 12 of the last 14 games. Paul never could find a rhythm and was badly worked over by Chalmers.

Chalmers is a great player for the Heat and is sometimes overlooked.Everyone talks about James, Wade and Bosh and overlooks Chalmers and what he brings to this team. He is starting to become one of the best point guards in the league. Tonight he was exceptional scoring 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting and shooting five three-pointers. He is a great ball handler and can steal the ball with ease as he did tonight against Paul and Chauncey Billups.  Here in a few weeks he will honored by the Kansas Jayhawks as they retire his jersey. He did a lot for them as he is now for the Miami Heat and now he has two championship rings. Let’s give him the credit he deserves and start talking about the impact he’s having on the court for the Heat.

John D. Hayden  is a Writer and Contributor for, covering the NCAA and NBA.  Follow John on twitter @jdhayden09, or add his Google +  to your circles for all of his latest articles, thoughts, and rants.

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