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2013 NBA Finals: Mario Chalmers Comes Up Clutch (Again) For The Miami Heat

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Mario Chalmers isn’t as good as Tony Parker — not even in the same class. However, he’s crazy enough to think he could compete with him.

Those were the words that I heard about Chalmers prior to Game 2.

Now I won’t act like the criticism hasn’t been warranted, because his mishaps have been well documented. Which is why you often see Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade giving him the little brother treatment. It’s also the reason why he has been on the bench, at times, watching Norris Cole flourish — when Cole’s not having his own Norris being Norris moments.

But every time you count Chalmers out, the self-proclaimed Mr. Clutch steps up as the star when the main ones don’t show. And he seems to do it in the biggest games possible — including the NCAA National Championship and NBA Finals.

“I think Rio more than anybody kept us aggressive, him getting into the paint, him getting those and-ones and making a couple of 3s,” said James via ESPN.com. “It allowed me to sit back and wait for my time.”

Chalmers’ ability to attack Parker — and the hoop — on pick-and-rolls, allowed the Miami Heat to hit the San Antonio Spurs with a second-half avalanche that tore the game open.

It’s games like this, which make people ignore the cockiness and just enjoy the player that no one expected to be a star.

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Richard Nurse is a Miami Heat columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr.

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