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Chalmers blames crab for bad game

Mario Chalmers has certainly played better games in his career.
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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Washington Wizards beat the Miami Heat 100-82 in a preseason game Tuesday night, and there’s a case to be made that it was Mario Chalmers’ fault.

LeBron James played an efficient 24 minutes (10 points, four rebounds, four assists) for the two-time defending champs, and found time to throw down a pair of back-to-back dunks:

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade also contributed a combined 27 points and 13 rebounds in roughly the same amount of time, and Shane Battier made all five shots he took off the bench. Even Roger Mason Jr. played well, with 13 points and seven boards.

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But Chalmers, the Heat’s starting point guard, posted a goose egg from the field, missing all nine of his shot attempts, including seven three-pointers, in the loss. He even picked up five fouls and turned the ball over four times in just 21 minutes.

That kind of line makes Chalmers an easy target for criticism and a goat for those looking to place blame. But after the loss, he took to Twitter to explain his struggles — and I’ve got to say, he presented a fair, if disgusting, defense:

Like I’ve always said, never trust the arena crab dip. Next time, just have a hot dog. The Heat’s next preseason game is Thursday against the Nets.

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