Chalmers 'shocked' by Felton's comments

You might want to keep an eye on the point guard matchup in the Knicks-Heat game Tuesday.

Mario Chalmers told the Palm Beach Post on Sunday that he was surprised to hear Raymond Felton say that Chalmers was "one of the weaknesses" on the Heat’s roster.

"I know him pretty well," Chalmers told the Palm Beach Post. "I’m a little shocked about that comment."

Felton told ESPN New York last Thursday that he "loves" the Knicks’ chances against the Heat in a potential playoff matchup. One reason why? He thinks the Knicks present a "matchup problem" for the Heat on both ends of the floor.

Felton was asked if point guard is one area where he thought the Knicks had an advantage against Miami.

"I'm not saying that's a weak point [for the Heat] because [Mario] Chalmers has been great for Miami. He's won a championship there and he's a solid point guard," Felton said. "But I think that's one of the weaknesses of their team. Not saying that Chalmers is a bad player, because he's not. He's great. He's won a championship. A lot of point guards in this league can't say that. He has that. But if you look at LeBron, Bosh and D-Wade and then you look at Chalmers, you're like, 'OK, this is maybe where their weakness is at.'

"But they really don't have too many weaknesses. I'll just say that we match up well with them, that's all."

Seems pretty reasonable. But Chalmers took offense, according to the Palm Beach Post.

"I don’t think I’ve got everybody’s respect. I’m still working on that. But everybody’s entitled to how they feel," Chalmers said.

The Knicks and Heat play for the fourth and final time in the regular season on Tuesday in Miami.

New York has won a season-high eight straight and is looking to win the season series with Miami for the first time since 2007-08.

Tuesday’s matchup may be missing some star power, though.

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chalmers all missed the Heat’s win over San Antonio on Sunday. They are listed as day-to-day and their availability for Tuesday’s game is uncertain.

Mike Woodson doesn’t seem too concerned with who suits up for the Heat.

"I really don't care. We've seen it enough," Woodson said when asked if he wanted to see Miami at full strength. "They're pretty good. I can't dictate what they're going to do. I've just got to worry about our team and us staying the course."

The Knicks are 4.5 games up on the second-place Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division and 8.5 games ahead of the Boston Celtics.

They are percentage points ahead of Indiana in the race for second place in the Eastern Conference.

The second seed in the East is coveted real estate because it guarantees home-court advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs and postpones a potential matchup with the Heat until the conference final.

The Heat are up 11.5 games on the Knicks in the conference. The only thing left to play for is home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

So there isn’t as much on the line Tuesday as there had been in previous Knicks-Heat games.

Maybe that’s why Carmelo Anthony downplayed the idea that Tuesday’s matchup is a "measuring stick" game for New York.

"We can’t keep putting that pressure on ourselves and saying this game or that game is a measuring stick for us. We’re doing what we’re doing right now, playing extremely well," he said. "They just came off a helluva streak. So they’re playing extremely well. We’re going down there trying to win basketball games and not about trying to measure us against them."

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