NBA Finals 2012: Role Players Who Must Step Up for Heat and Thunder

June 12th, 2012 by Ryan Rudnansky Leave a reply »
Here we are, finally. We have reached the 2012 NBA Finals.

The Finals feature the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder this season, complete with plenty of star power. 

The Heat sport MVP LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Thunder boast scoring champion Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Sixth Man of the Year James Harden.

But it's not just about the Big Three of each team—the role players will be key in determining who ultimately comes out on top.

Here's a look at the role players who must step up for their respective teams in the 2012 NBA Finals.


Miami Heat

Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers has proven to be a solid role player for the Heat this season. His one-on-one defense, combined with his outside shooting, has taken some pressure off LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Chalmers shot nearly 40 percent from long range this season. In 18 playoffs games, he's averaging 11.6 points while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 36 percent from downtown. His play against the Thunder will be key.


Shane Battier

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