Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers is questionable for the second game of the playoffs set for Wednesday due to a bruised knee, according to the Miami Herald.
Chalmers bruised the knee during Sunday's playoff opener with the Charlotte Bobcats in the first quarter. The injury wound up limiting the action that Chalmers saw in game one and also kept him out of the team's practice on Tuesday. Chalmers' participation in the team's shoot-around on Wednesday could end up being the deciding factor on his status for game two.
“He still has that bruise on his knee and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” head coach Erik Spoelstra told the Herald.
If Chalmers is unable to start, the job would likely be given to Norris Cole or Toney Douglas with the duo splitting minutes during the contest. During the regular season, Douglas grabbed 17 starts while filling in for an injured Dwyane Wade but was mostly ineffective. Cole meanwhile started six games during the regular season and averaged 24.6 minutes per game.
The Bobcats are also dealing with an injury as their star Al Jefferson battles a strained plantar fascia. The foot injury which forced Jefferson to miss some time during game one could possibly keep him from playing at all in game two, per a report from the Charlotte Observer. Losing Jefferson would be a critical blow for Charlotte and could prove to be a fatal one in the best of seven series.
Game two is set for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will be broadcast nationally on TNT.