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Heat fans have known Norris Cole can play for a while now.
The Cleveland State standout has been productive for Miami from the moment he set foot in Miami’s organization, perhaps providing a glimpse of the future if Mario Chalmers is one day no longer with the club.
Cole has always been a spark plug off the bench for the Heat. He’s been a solid backup for Chalmers, who has been known to have his moments—both good and bad—throughout his time in the league.
But through Miami’s first seven postseason games, Cole has looked like more than a quality backup.
While it might be premature to call the second-year point guard a budding star, it would certainly seem as though Cole could be heading toward that status.
He’s connected on 10 of his 13 attempts from three-point land, including a perfect 8-of-8 against the Chicago Bulls.
He’s hit big shots.
He’s freed up Miami’s offense when it’s gone stagnant.
In short, Cole has done everything asked of him and more—much more.
Cole’s biggest moment came in Miami’s most recent action, arguably carrying the Heat for much of Game 3 while LeBron James struggled to generate his usual offense from the field.
Scoring 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, Cole came up with a bucket nearly every time Miami needed one most.
And the Bulls, who are known for their elite defensive play, have seemingly had no answer for Cole.
Whether it’s hitting open threes in the corner, driving to the hoop or even creating his own shot, Cole has done it all for the Heat throughout these playoffs.