Mario Chalmers was hit with a $5,000 fine by the league for a flop in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers. The league had previously warned Chalmers for a flop in a game on Jan. 20 at Atlanta.
"The more he gets money taken out of his pocket, that will be the biggest message," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It's not as if we haven't talked about it before. He plays hard. I'll have to look at that one again because he actually has come a long way. He's been a lot more disciplined. He’s been more true without trying to over-embellish.”
It’s been a bit of a rough year for Chalmers in terms of hearing from the league office. Chalmers was suspended for a game in November for throwing an elbow at the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki. He was also fined $15,000 for a flagrant foul against Blake Griffin in November when he hit him in the head.
Chalmers’ fine total this season is now at $56,000.
Avoid the stick:
The Miami Heat had one of their best ball movement games of the past four seasons against the Clippers. They played nearly a flawless first quarter, picking up 15 assists on 16 baskets. They finished with 33 assists on 41 baskets.
In general, the Heat have continued to have one of the most efficient offenses in the league this season. But like most teams, they have periods where their ball movement slows. It slowed, in fact, in the fourth quarter when they froze up a bit, recording just three assists.
Spoelstra said he’s trying to get the team rhythm from that standpoint so Miami can have more games like Wednesday’s victory.
“That is the game we’ve been trying to build for a couple of years,” Spoelstra said. “We don’t want it to be fleeting. The ball sticks from time to time and it’s a habit. We have to break it.”
Dwyane Wade sat out practice Friday in Los Angeles out of precaution. Spoelstra said it was previously planned. Wade said he intended to play Saturday in Utah. Greg Oden went through practice as normal and is expected to get a good dose of playing time Saturday against the Jazz's size.
Been a while:
The Heat’s win on Wednesday enabled them to sweep the Clippers for the first time since the 2003-04 season.