Norris Cole stepped to the foul line with 9.3 seconds left, set to clinch the game as cries of “M-V-P” rained down upon him from the sold-out stands.Last night against Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics, on national TV, Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole impressed. Late in the 4th quarter, during a Celtics comeback, the kid out of Cleveland State scored 14 points and drew a charge, stepping in front of Brandon Bass. Cole finished with 20 points on 8-16 shooting and added 4 boards and 4 assists off the bench.
No, this wasn’t a scene from his days at Cleveland State.
Taking over in just his second NBA game—and with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and and Chris Bosh all on the floor, no less—Cole scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including three huge jumpers down the stretch to save the Heat in a 115-107 win over the all on the floor, no less—Cole scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including three huge jumpers down the stretch to save the Heat in a 115-107 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
The Heat did re-sign starter Mario Chalmers in the offseason, but at the rate each PG is playing, Cole will be seeing much more playing and will soon be on the court during tipoff. Chalmers opened up the second half with 4 straight turnovers before being benched for Cole. Chalmers is a good 3pt shooter and not much else. Last season he ranked 45th overall in efficiency rating amongst all PGs in the NBA.
Expect Norris Cole to be a name you hear a LOT this season and expect to see him picked up in your fantasy league.