Looks like Norris Cole has a broken nose. Might be wearing a mask for a while.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) December 31, 2013
As a result of Cole's injury, the Heat will likely turn to veteran guard Roger Mason Jr, as Skolnick points out:
Without Cole the rest of the way -- you'd assume -- Mason may get some work behind Chalmers.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) December 31, 2013
Mason is in his first season with the Heat and has made just over a dozen appearances for the two-time defending champions in 2013-14.
Cole is averaging a career-high 7.3 points and 3.3 assists per game this season, and is a key role player for the Heat off the bench, averaging more than 24 minutes per night. Cole is also a 42 percent three-point shooter this season. His ability to stretch the floor and knock down long-range shots makes him a crucial piece of Miami's second unit.
The former first-round pick in 2011 has seen his minutes increase in each of his first three seasons with Miami. Prior to his nose injury, Cole had played in all 30 of the Heat's regular-season games this year, earning two starts.
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