Quick report from the Heat's Game 5 shootaround and the last day of Dolphins minicamp and the last day before Dolphins players adjourn for a five-week vacation:
### LeBron James, who missed 2:05 of the fourth quarter of Game 4 with cramps, said Thursday morning: "I feel good. I plan to stay hydrated." He said he did not anticipate needing to use an IV before the game.
Chris Bosh cracked that he "gave LeBron a six-pack of Gatorade and salt tablets. He's going to be fine."
James said he felt no anxiety or butterflies Thursday morning. One win away from his first NBA title, James said: "It's always been a dream of mine even when I first picked up a basketball and started getting into the history of the game, how great it would be to hold that trophy up some day and be part of a championship team.''
### Dwyane Wade said he woke up "tired. No sleep. That's what the Finals bring." Wade summoned highly-regarded trainer Tim Grover from Chicago earlier this week because "everybody that knows my body, I decided to have here now and get me as much of an edge as possible.''
Wade has battled leg and knee issues this postseason. Wade also said Heat president Pat Riley has shared some wisdom with him the past couple days, which he declined to share.
DOLPHINS FINAL OFFSEASON PRACTICE UPDATE
For the first time in the offseason program, Ryan Tannehill got a lot of snaps with the first team. "It was the first day I got in with an extended period with the ones," he said. The results were mixed.
The good: He made several sharp throws, including an excellent slant to Julius Pruitt, who took a 20 yard pass and ran another 30 for a touchdown. Clyde Gates also had a long gain on a short pass from Tannehill, mostly from run after catch.
He made a terrific throw to Legedu Naane and another on a 25-yarder to Roberto Wallace, who made a sideline catch on Chris Clemons. On another play, he rolled right and delivered a nifty 15-yard throw to Anthony Fasano. His mobility was on display when he rolled left, then turned and ran to the right for an eight-yard game.
The bad: He threw an interception to Sean Smith on a jump-ball end zone play. And in the two-minute drill to close practice, a deep ball from Tannehill was picked off by Reshad Jones, who timed his leap perfectly.
On another play, he led Michael Egnew too far on a crossing pattern. On another, the pass bounced off Clyde Gates’ helmet because Gates didn’t know the ball was coming. On another, Kevin Burnett knocked away what could easily have been a pick.
At times, Tannehill holds onto the ball too long – he doesn’t make decisions as quickly as Matt Moore and David Garrard, though that’s not surprising because of his lack of experience.
And receivers seem to drop a few of Tannehill’s passes during each practice, as they did last year at Texas A&M (nearly 80 drops). A lot of that is bad luck (including Fasano’s drop of a perfect pass Thursday), but the timing could be better on some of his throws. He throws the ball with a lot of zip (which could be a factor with some drops), but Charles Clay said the velocity is no different from the other quarterbacks.
Here was Joe Philbin’s assessment of Tannehill: “He made a lot of progress. I thought there were a lot of good things. Ryan threw a couple real nice balls. He made a couple good adjustments in terms of recognition of protection. We like his poise, intelligence, continuity.”
But… “We can’t throw interceptions in a two-minute drill.”
Philbin said later of Tannehill: “It’s not fair to say he’s not going to be ready this year.”
Tannehill's assessment: "I've gotten better. Am I making mistakes? Yes. But I'm learning from them.''
Overall, Philbin said, “I don’t think our awareness is the passing was very good. Too many double catches.”
Asked how close Garrard and Moore are at this point point, Philbin said, “It’s been close.” He said the coaching staff will rank players at every position on Friday morning.
Is there a quarterback front-runner heading into camp? “Not that I know of,” he said.
### Pruitt stood out among the receivers Thursday, scoring three touchdowns, including a 30-yarder from Garrard after a rollout.
### Philbin, on the state of his team heading into summer: “We’ve got a long way to go. We have a ton of work to do…. If you’re professional, you can’t take 4 ½ weeks off it you want to be good at something.”
Check back later for a lot of postgame news and reaction from Game 5 of the NBA Finals and other Heat notes.