Wade said Chalmers has to realize the opposition will challenge him each night because he's won a championship.
“It's a lot of other guys out there that's looking at him in that position and feeling that they can be that or they think they're better than him,” Wade said. “They come in every night to try to prove that. He has to get mentality, night in, night out. That's a tough thing, to know that every night you got somebody coming in that's trying to prove that they're better than you.”
Said Chalmers: “We're going to get everybody's best shot every night. I just have to be ready for it. I feel better about it. Pretty much, the point guards I face have the green light every night.”
Spoelstra said the consistency part also involves the defensive end. The Heat have struggled in defending point guards in the past, most recently Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley Jr. and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
“He's the head of it for us,” Spoelstra said. “Can he contain the ball and start our pick-and-roll defense by containing? You'll see 40 or 50 of them every night regardless of who you play now, today's NBA game. Offensively, can he get us to the pace and the space, and can he do it efficiently, get the ball to the people where he needs to, can he do it without turning it over? Can he read the game when it's getting a little bit sloppy, OK, now the pace needs to be a little more controlled and we need to execute something? And he's getting better in these areas. And he just needs to continue to take strides. He knows what we're looking for.”
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