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Wednesday night quick hits on Heat scrimmage, Dolphins

Some Wednesday night quick hits from Dolphins camp and the Heat’s scrimmage at AmericanAirlines Arena:

### Ray Allen got a loud ovation from the surprisingly large crowd of 11,221 when he made his first shot, a three from the corner, less than one minute into Wednesday night's proceedings. Allen shot 5 for 11, including 3 for 7 on threes.

But the most amusing Allen news of the night was a fan being booed – essentially forced to move to another seat – for showing up in an Allen “Celtics” jersey. “It was pretty funny,” Allen said. “I don’t know how to feel about that.” Also booed - and pressured to move - was a fan in a Rajon Rondo Celtics jersey.

Said LeBron James: “We have enough Ray Allen Heat jerseys that they don’t need to wear Ray Allen Celtics jerseys.”

Dwyane Wade, who did not play (knee), took the microphone at halftime and announced, “Will all Celtics fans please exit the building?”

### Rashard Lewis shot 1 for 9, but Erik Spoelstra said he was pleased because he was far more aggressive looking for his shot than he has been the first four days of practice. Lewis said he’s still “getting my legs under me.” Lewis isn't a volume rebounder historically, so it was good to see him pull down nine, which led all Heat players.

### With Mario Chalmers sidelined by a quadriceps injury, point guard duties were shared among Norris Cole, Garrett Temple and Terrel Harris. Cole was sharp (10 points, 5 assists, 2 turnovers) and pushed the tempo, as usual. Harris (8 points, 4 assists, no turnovers) clearly has improved his ball-handling. Temple (four assists, two turnovers) delivered a pedestrian performance, missing four of his six shots.

The Heat is giving Temple a long look, but it's difficult to envision him beating out Harris. Forward Rodney Carney (2 for 7, 5 points) also has a chance for that final "wing" job.

### None of the four young centers did anything particularly notable. Dexter Pittman and Josh Harrellson had five rebounds apiece. Harrellson also made a steal but missed all four of his shots, even though he’s considered the most gifted offensively of the four.

Pittman, whose only basket came on a dunk, missed two shots from point-blank range. Mickell Gladness got a dunk and layup off nifty passes. Jarvis Varnado missed his only two shots and it's hard to envision him sticking. Joel Anthony (hamstring) sat out.

### Mike Miller picked up where he left off in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, making three consecutive three-pointers early on and showing no ill effects from the back problems that have hampered him. But he finished 3 for 9 from the field.

### Udonis Haslem, who shot three for seven, blocked an Allen shot as Allen drove to the basket. Allen smiled and Haslem helped him up.

### Chris Bosh, who led all players with 19 points, made two three pointers – something we’ll see a lot this season.

### The crowd – which James called “definitely surprising” -  easily topped the 8721 that the Dolphins drew for their preseason scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. That would have been unheard of pre-LeBron (or before years of Dolphins mediocrity, for that matter).

### Speaking of the Dolphins… Joe Philbin said Wednesday he actually is not especially involved in Ryan Tannehill’s “day to day development. “Not a lot,” he said. “I have great faith in the staff.” That might surprise some, but Philbin’s specialty was the offensive line before becoming the Packers’ offensive coordinator.

### Beleaguered John Jerry is quietly doing a decent job at right guard. “He is in better physical condition, more serious about his profession, has developed nicely,” Philbin said.

### RJ Stanford, who hasn’t played on defense all year, took first team cornerback snaps Wednesday because of injuries to Richard Marshall and Nolan Carroll. But keep in mind that Marshall and Carroll sat out some practice last week and still played.

### Philbin, without prompting, suggested to Cincinnati reporters on Wednesday that Dan Carpenter needs to improve after missing three field goals over the past two weeks: “We all have a job to do…. The field goal kicker’s job is to put the ball through the uprights. So we have to do that more consistently, no doubt.”

### Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was Cincinnati’s secondary coach the past nine years, but Philbin – asked which team that will help more on Sunday – said it’s “probably a wash.”

In his chat with Bengals reporters, Philbin was effusive about Coyle, calling him “exceptional. He’s the only guy I interviewed for the job.” The Dolphins’ defense is 16th in yards allowed per game – first against the run, 30th against the pass.

    

 

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Marios

Dolphins all of a sudden are filling the holes we had everywhere, even stats tell we need help at WR and DBs. Next draft I say we double down on each and add a pass rusher. We need to resign almost everyone expiring this offseason and keep developing the youth, it seems this coaching staff is doing a great job of that.
Even this year I think we have an outside shot at a post season cup of coffee the way our defense is playing, we have a playoff weather type team too.

Steveo

I hope we grab the best T.E. that's available.WR and interior linebacker in no specific order.

Lilpig411

BIG REASON ...THE HEATS PLAY IN A ARENA THAT HAS AC..THE FINS SCRIMMAGE WAS OUTDOORS HOT..OK BIG DIFRENCE..FINS STILL RULE..THE NFL'S POPULARITY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THE NBA ..JUST WATCH WHEN THE FINS START WINNING NEXT YEAR..PEOPLE WILL GET BORED OF THE HEAT WINNING..

George Siblesz

It isn't about "double-down" or picking players because of their position. The Dolphins need to draft the best players available and get some real impact players to compliment Tanny, Bush, Hartline, Bess, Long, Pouncey, Martin, Incognito on offense, and Soliai, Starks, Wake, Dansby, Sean Smith on D.

===

Why would you show up to the AAA in a Celtics jersey. I swear some people are just stupid. It's a Heat scrimmage for Heat fans; not C's fans. Go up to cold Boston for that. I'm so glad the Heat fans and Wade told them to leave.

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