And that leaves the Heat with seven holdovers: Bosh, Wade, Birdman, Haslem, Cole, Chalmers and Justin Hamilton.
With Heat limited on wing, with Deng and Granger out, Heat in third went with Napier, Chalmers and Cole together. Small(est) ball.
Mario Chalmers clearly the Heat front-runner as backup shooting guard. Shannon Brown has shown little, James Ennis simply not ready yet.
Again, we're seeing the Cole-Chalmers backcourt.
Erik Spoelstra says it's not necessarily set that Norris Cole will start and Mario Chalmers will come off the bench as a combo guard.
Chalmers misses both free throws and the Heat hold on to a 5 point lead with 34 seconds left. This one isn't over just yet.
Heat have the lead 70-67 entering the final quarter. Chalmers scored 9 points, Bosh 6 in the third quarter.
End Q3: Heat 70, Rockets 67. Mario Chalmers having a nice game off the bench: 13p on 3/5, 3a, 3s.
Heat 70, Rickets 67 at end of three. Wade with 19, Bosh with 17. Chalmers with an impressive 13
Chalmers banks in three, and Heat lead after trailing by 13. Place impressively loud for preseason.
Safe to say that Mario Chalmers has his confidence back
Mario Chalmers was instructing Shawne Williams before that first FT, missed it, immediately went back to instructing.
Bosh wraps an arm around Chalmers and chats after Pat Beverley annoys Chalmers into a T. Somewhere, LeBron's yelling at the TV.
Patrick Beverley, the pest that he is, draws a technical foul on Chalmers for a retaliatory elbow.
Chalmers not only playing point now, but even advanced the ball while partnered with Napier.
Where does Mario Chalmers rank in the NBA as a Sixth Man?
And now another charge on Wade, so backup shooting guard Mario Chalmers enters.
Chalmers started preseason opener, hasn't started at point guard in six games since
Norris Cole again starts in place of Chalmers at point guard. Also starting: Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade.
Lots of unnamed agents will always grouse about why their clients struggled. Stars who win are demanding. Ask Mario Chalmers.
Chalmers back at point guard for first time in two games.
Chalmers at scorers' table about to return.
Chalmers (left-eye laceration) is getting stitches in the locker room and expected to return, per Heat.
And now, with Chalmers out, Tyler Johnson enters for the first time.
Mario Chalmers to the locker room after a shot to the eye.
Chalmers bumped heads with Ginobili, but appears to be OK.
Chalmers back in the Heat's starting lineup. The irony is he didn't start the previous time the Heat played here.
Spurs: Joseph, Green, Anderson, Duncan, Bonner. Heat: Cole, Chalmers, Haslem, Granger, Williams. Just like in the Finals.
Spoestra to hold out Wade, Bosh, Deng and Birdman tonight, likely to start Shawne Williams, Haslem, Granger, Cole and Chalmers.
Wade, Bosh, Deng, Andersen out for the Heat vs. Spurs. Cole & Chalmers starting together in backcourt.
Chalmers and Napier with back-to-back triples for the Heat, which is working hard for its first victory of the preseason.
And Chalmers puts the Heat ahead and Jayhawk faithful rejoice.
Napier, Chalmers, Ennis, Shawne Williams, Bosh in for the Heat with 7-min mark coming.
And now -- and I'm looking right at it -- Mario Chalmers admonishing Dwyane Wade about defensive coverage.
Chalmers again in at the two, with Wade again moving to the three.
Now Shannon Brown in for Chalmers, who only has played shooting guard to this stage.
Chalmers back to start the second period, at shooting guard.
In addition to playing Chalmers at the two, Deng has been playing at the four.
Shooting guard Chalmers now with two fouls in his seven minutes.
Chalmers as Vinnie Johnson, who would have thunk it?
Napier now enters for Cole, which means Chalmers stays as shooting guard. Clearly trying to give Chalmers extended runs at two.
Chalmers enters . . . for Deng. Clearly trying to see if Chalmers can also be backup two, as Wade moves to three.
If Chalmers isn't getting start in Kansas City, I think it's safe to say that Spoelstra is doing more than experimenting w/ Cole as starter
Heat starters: Cole, Wade, Deng, Shawne Williams and Bosh. So back near his Kansas college roots, Chalmers again doesn't start.
Looks like Spoelstra will start Cole again tonight, "Just trying to get to know our team," was all he offered of the call over Chalmers.