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10 notes on a Monday: Streaking Wade, Heat; Dolphins QB competition

 Ten notes on a Monday:

### Heat guard Dwyane Wade, playing extraordinarily efficiently on offense, has made at least half his shots in every one of his last 10 games. If he does it again Tuesday against Sacramento, he will tie his personal record for his longest such streak, set as a rookie.

Wade has hit 94 of 166 shots during this stretch, equal to 56.6 percent.

Even with a player as great as Wade is, he admitted Monday he “needed” this to happen “confidence-wise. We all know we live in a world of ‘What have you done for me lately?’”

Wade’s shooting percentage is now up to 49.7, above his career mark of 48.5. He’s averaging 22.1 points – less than his 25.4 career average heading into the season – but he’s obviously shooting less.

### The Heat’s six consecutive wins by double digits is still three off the franchise record, set last year. Only the 07-08 Rockets, 03-04 Nets and 46-47 Capitals won at least 10 straight by 10 or more.

But Wade said, “We’re playing good, not great.” And he said the players want to reach the level of “great.”

Of all the blowouts, LeBron James said Monday, “The way we’re playing right now, if we can continue, we won’t have any close games.”

The lopsided scores have meant more rest for James and Wade in the fourth quarter. “I’m getting tired of sitting down in the fourth quarter, personally,” James said, clearing joking. “It’s messing up my averages.”

Erik Spoelstra, who points to fewer turnovers as one reason for the recent roll, said the mission now is “to continue to stay humble and try to get another level.” He dismissed the notion that the Heat might be peaking too early (a theory that has never made much sense to me).

### The Heat is raising season-ticket prices by an average of 7.75 percent.

### The Dolphins had a discussion with the representative for former Oakland cornerback Stanford Routt but decided not to pursue him before he signed with Kansas City on Monday.

 ### New Dolphins and former CFL running back Jerome Messam, who attended Graceland in Iowa, said several NFL teams showed interest in him but the only Dolphins maintained strong interest after a knee injury in the playoffs.

Messam originally committed to Rutgers, but was ruled academically ineligible. He has had several off-field issues: He was suspended by British Columbia – before his trade to Edmonton last year – for having a negative impact, which included breaking the jaw of teammate Paris Jackson in a locker-room fight and bringing a woman into his dorm. He was arrested for an altercation at a nightclub in 2010.

The Dolphins, not particularly concerned, have given him a non-guaranteed deal, suggesting they’re far from certain he will make the team.

### Seattle is viewed as a prime challenger to the Dolphins for both Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, but Seahawks general manager John Schneider warned Seattle reporters this week not to assume the team will make a major splash at the position.

"I just know if you panic at that position, it can set the organization back,” he said. “So we’re not going to do that. That might disappoint fans, because they want to see an instant guy. But really, you’re better off continuing to build your team.”

Schneider previously worked in Green Bay and has ties to Flynn.

### Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett denied telling a pastor the team’s plans at quarterback during a private conversation, but the story has created a stir in Washington. The pastor, a Redskins fan, posted on a fan website that Haslett told him that the team is interested in Manning, will not pursue Flynn and has already exploring trading up in the draft to grab Robert Griffin III.

### ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Dolphins drafting South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram with its top pick April 26.

### Marlins executive Larry Beinfest, on a couple of issues: 1) He said “there’s not one dissenter in the organization who didn’t think Hanley Ramirez could play third base very well.” 2) He said this spring “will be an opportunity to put Chris Coghlan on the map again.” But he will face heavy competition from Aaron Rowand, Austin Kearns, Scott Cousins and Bryan Peterson for one of two open reserve outfield jobs.

Coghlan, the 2009 rookie of the year, began running this week after November knee surgery. Beinfest said he will be fine for spring training, but there's always extra caution with a knee, and Coghlan's has been a problem since sustaining the injury in a 2010 pie-in-the-face incident. He hit .230 last year before being demoted to Triple A and spending time on the disabled list.

### Free agent Pudge Rodriguez would love to finish his career here, but the Marlins have said they will not add any more big-name veterans. They’re apparently content with Brett Hayes as John Buck’s backup.

      

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