With his team on the brink of elimination, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra changed his starting lineup for Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, choosing to go with Ray Allen instead of Mario Chalmers.
Chalmers has struggled for most of the postseason, but he has been especially ineffective in the Finals. The point guard is averaging just 3.5 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 27.8 percent against San Antonio.
Allen has played pretty well in the Finals, averaging 11.0 points while shooting 48.5 percent overall and 42.1 percent from three. With Allen starting over Chalmers, the Heat will run without a point guard to start the game.
In other lineup news, Michael Beasley will be active for the first time all series.