Fans chanted “MVP!” as Cole went to the free-throw line with 9.3 seconds left and the game already won. He swished both attempts to cement his storybook home debut. Cole scored 20 points, shooting 8 of 16 from the field, to go along with four rebounds and four assists. “I guess that’s some hard work paying off,” Cole said. “It was one of those nights where LeBron [James] and Dwyane [Wade] kept finding me and just kept knocking it down.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Heat fans, slow your roll.
Norris Cole will make a very nice player, however, he’s only had one strong game in the NBA and it’s premature to declare him a star.
If the rookie can solidify the point guard spot, the Miami Heat will be even stronger then thought.
Consider that Cole will provide Erik Spoelstra with options if Mario Chalmers struggles, which would allow LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to play off the ball. Of course, Cole has also shown he’s capable of playing off the ball with James and Wade.
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