Mario Chalmers had a rough outing on Wednesday night, lined up against the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. His Miami Heat eventually won the contest, but Chalmers struggled all night with his shooting (1-5 from the field), decision-making (two turnovers in under 19 minutes, but also some dodgy passes that led to eventual Heat turnovers later in the possession), and he especially struggled with his defense.
After one miscommunication left Pacer star swingman Paul George wide open for a three-pointer that George swished, LeBron James was seen snarling on the court as the Heat made their way to the offensive end. Chalmers response? He turned the ball over on the next possession.
During the next timeout, and apparently after Chalmers said something in defense of his defense, James lashed out at the Heat point guard. Watch:
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did well to both attempt to calm the waters and take advantage of Roy Hibbert’s absence in the interior in the next play, sending LeBron James to the hook on a backdoor cut. As you can see in the video above, Chalmers threw a bad pass and the Heat turned it over. Yikes.
Soon after, though, the Heat began to rally behind James’ penetration and Dwyane Wade’s post-up work, cutting the Pacers’ lead down to five. During an Indiana timeout, taken to attempt to limit Miami’s momentum, James offered this to Chalmers:
“I was wrong, my bad.” Nicely done, LBJ. Even if Chalmers may have been the one screwing up both on the court and on the sideline.
Following the game, James hopped on Twitter to bash things out about his relationship with his mate Mario:
I love @mchalmers15 like a blood brother! I was wrong and apologized to him! We good and will always be good. I ride wit him any & every day
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 19, 2013
And Chalmers responded:
In all, a sound bit of leadership from the league’s MVP. Of course, a comeback win over a noted rival helps ease the tension, especially in the midst of the most-watched game of the NBA’s season so far. You don’t want to come off as the big bully, going after the widdle point guard, in front of millions.
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