Poor play from Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole has pushed Heat to brink

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Mario Chalmers finished with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting in the Heat's Game 5 loss.

Mario Chalmers finished with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting in the Heat's Game 5 loss.

In Sunday's 114-104 loss in Game 5, Chalmers had seven points (on 2-of-10 shooting), one assist and two turnovers. That made his six-point, five-assist, four-turnover output in Game 4 positively Stocktonesque.

Every series, every game is a referendum on the Big Three. It's just the cost of doing business. But Parker is running roughshod over Miami, laughing at everyone it lines up against him, attacking his way to a possible Finals MVP. On the brink of elimination, with an ugly offseason ahead of them, the Heat need Chalmers or Cole in the worst possible way.