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WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN

You know when a TV station says the views expressed by the host don’t necessarily reflect those of the station? That apparently also applies to the Milwaukee Bucks after Brandon Jennings said last month that “we match up well against Miami. That’s who I would want to play in the first round.”

With that series now a reality – starting this weekend - Bucks guard J.J. Redick said: “I’m not sure why Brandon would say that.”

Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy added: “Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. No one in the league sees the Heat as a favorable matchup. It’s a monumental task.”

So monumental that Dunleavy suggests that for the Bucks to pull off the greatest playoff upset in history, a defective alarm clock might be in order.

“You need the kitchen sink,” Dunleavy said. “Shoot great, hurt them on the boards. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would need to shoot poorly. Erik Spoelstra would need to oversleep and miss a couple games. Where do you begin? It’s a laundry list.”

Any area where the Heat is vulnerable? Any?

“When they go small, we can hurt them on the glass,” Luc Richard Mbah A Moute said. “We played them well last year [2-1 vs. Miami], and we played them well this year [1-3].”

And this from forward Ersan Ilyasova: “The pressure is on them, not us. We will give them a good fight.”

Redick added: “Any team can spread them out and shoot threes. [And] we’ve had some success offensive rebounding against them.”

But let’s get serious. Even “their support players are All-Stars,” coach Jim Boylan conceded.

Or, as Dunleavy put it: “I don’t see any weak spots. They’re even better this year. LeBron is on a different planet. He’s got complete control of the game whenever he wants it.”

So getting back to Jennings’ comment, is there any favorable matchup for Milwaukee in this series?  

“Our 15th guy,” Dunleavy cracked. “Joel Pryzbilla is 7-1. We have that going for us. They have no one 7-1.”

Good line, Mike. That’s almost as funny as Bucks guard Monta Ellis saying in all seriousness, in January, that there’s no difference between him and Wade except Wade has more wins and championships.

### With Boston out of Miami’s bracket for the first two rounds, Celtics guard Courtney Lee said: “It’s only going to make it better for a conference finals against each other.”

Not so fast, Courtney. It would be surprising if Boston gets past New York and potentially Indiana to get there.

### A Bulls win Wednesday against visiting Washington or an Atlanta loss at New York would give Chicago the No. 5 seed. The winner of the series between the fourth-seeded Nets and the No. 5 seed would play the Heat in the second round.

CHATTER

The Dolphins are again looking closely at Texas A&M players: Their receivers coach went there to audition Ryan Swope (72 catches, 913 yards), who played for Mike Sherman at A&M.

According to Pro Football Weekly, Swope should “at worst be a productive slot receiver. Intriguing combination of top-end speed and short area burst.” Davone Bess could be traded if Miami finds a slot receiver it likes in the draft.

Among other receivers Miami auditioned on their local day: West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey (effective in the slot, too) Duke’s Connor Vernon and Cris Carter’s son, Duron, who had lunch with Jeff Ireland.

### The Dolphins like Auburn and former Hialeah High defensive end Corey Lemonier (15 sacks over past two years) and are auditioning the potential second-or-third rounder this week.

### UM said it’s optimistic about finalizing a future football matchup (one or more) with Penn State, year undetermined. A neutral site is a possibility.

### UM’s final spring depth chart featured one new player (grad school student Pat O’Donnell, who will become UM’s punter immediately after doing it effectively three years at the University of Cincinnati) and one mild surprise (Asante Cleveland as first-team tight end)….Former assistant coach Don Soldinger’s rousing speech to UM players Friday drew not only an ovation, but 30 emails from coaches, staffers and players thanking him.

### Draft analysts expect UM’s Brandon McGee to be drafted in the middle rounds, Mike James in the late rounds. McGee is a polarizing prospect. One NFC scout said he would take him in the third – higher than many others: “I know he had only two interceptions, but the kid is talented. He’s better than DeMarcus Van Dyke coming out….

Mike James can be a backup in the league for five, six years. Can block, is tough, good hands. There’s no one else draft-able in this group, but [offensive and former defensive lineman] Jeremy Lewis impressed me at Pro Day.”

### The scout said former UM safety Ray Ray Armstrong “doesn’t have enough speed to play safety. He has to be a linebacker. He won’t be drafted.”

### Two NBA scouts said Shane Larkin won’t help his stock if he returns to school, and if he turns pro likely would be drafted between late in the first round and the middle of the second. TNT’s Steve Kerr, the former Suns GM, said Larkin projects as a career backup point guard.

### Perspective on how dismal the Marlins’ offense had been before their eight-run eruption Tuesday night: They entered Tuesday hitting .203; the MLB average is .252. Their 23 runs were 12 behind the next lowest (Tampa, at 35). They have two homers; Colorado has 21.

“We know we have hitters capable of doing it,” general manager Michael Hill said Tuesday afternoon, adding that no outside pickup is imminent.

### Several teams have inquired about trading for Giancarlo Stanton, but the Marlins are telling teams he’s not available.

### As great as Jose Fernandez has been, Baseball America noted that if the Marlins had waited until April 12 to call him up - instead of at the start of the season - they would have controlled his rights through 2019, not 2018, because of service time rules. That now means one less year at an affordable salary.

### I’m now on Twitter, so please join me: @flasportsbuzz 

Those that do get a prize, as soon as I think of one. Perhaps a Joel Pryzbilla cardboard cutout.

 

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Love Mia sports

I say move up and get the guy we want. Look at the past 10 drafts. All starters come from the first few rounds.

rbleigh

I'm sure Stanton loves hearing that he's not available.

same old song

"We know we have hitters capable of doing it"...Really? Where? this teams hasnt been able to score runs for several years. Marlins are delusional,as usual.

same old song

Loria wont be here in 2018 what does he care about controling Jose F by then

zokush

Shane a backup point guard?! Please us Mr Left why are yu not in the Suns office.again smh ...they should fire yu frm TNT for the dumb remark smh

David

UM fans are always a trip; so objective.

Gary

zokush, love UM but thats all Shane Larkin is. No sin to be a very good college point but a career backup in the NBA.It's a great living if he makes it. So sad your brain dead with your left comment and you dont even know sports.

green

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green

http://www.youtube.com/accdigitalnetwork

This is going to be one of the most important statements made to date with my source input as well as comments made by national media and other bloggers that are knowledgeable about the ACC:

THE ACC IS VERY CLOSE TO ANNOUNCING THE ACC NETWORK(announced within the next three months or less)

The basis for this disclosure are the following factors:

•ESPN owns the 3rd tier rights to ACC football and bball--no need to negotiate with a third party
•ESPN also owns some rights to the non revenue Olympic Sports and the ACC is commonly thought of having the strongest all around non revenue Olympic Sports of all conferences
•ACC, ESPN and Raycom already moving down the road on the non-revenue sports
•Raycom and ACC already has the digital network up and running...and the ACC is the leading conference for digital media
•Raycom is literally next door to the ESPN facilities in North Carolina
•Notre Dame is going to go in to the Network for all sports sans football and hockey....HOWEVER, negotiations are taking place to add minimally the ACC-Notre Dame football games to the Network ---ACC-Notre Dame games automatically added; Notre Dame-ACC games considered Notre Dame home games may be run as reruns at a cost to ACC
•ACC -Notre Dame Network may be more local in flavor than other conference networks...that is lead programming determined by locality and region....vary programming to include home markets and home teams...and don't forget that Notre Dame opens a new market in the mid-west
The content of the ACC Network would include football, basketball, LAX, baseball, soccer, track and field, etc. It would have all 15 teams on the network with local flavor...for example 'Cuse football leads in NY State-upstate NY but would then be followed by other games showing....just think of the basket ball schedule....not a better conference to be found and same for baseball, soccer, LAX etc.
ACC and ESPN and Notre Dame and Raycom are already down the road on this coming to fruition--and probably why there appears to be "calmness" among the teams of the ACC. What needs to be finalized aside from the execution of the network is the financial projections and dollars that come from it. Let's not forget that the ACC last year was #3 football conference and #2 basketball conference in "eyeball" watching and ratings....and that was without Notre Dame, 'Cuse, Pitt and Louisville (coming soon). The demise of the ACC is not in sight.
-- arbitragegls

I'M GOING TO (S)CREAM

green

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attn miamiherald.com

you added the f$u version of the ACC digital network ...

MY MY MY

Reality Bites

ACC network, let's all jump up and down!!
ACC!, ACC!, ACC!
Happy little green pea?
What trivial things get you so excited.
Larkin will go pro, no use sticking around since next years team will revert back to cane normal. That would be 2nd round NIT exit.
Who cares about the Marlins?
Fins should stay put at #12 or move down and get more picks, still too many needs.
Bucks don't have a chance and will be swept.
Mike James, Brandon McGee, the cane streak of no first day draft picks lives on.
Even FIU will have a player drafted in the first round.
Of course UF and FSU will as well.
It is what it is

rboud

UM gaining a punter this late is quite a good catch. Most small guards like Larkin can't really help their draft status much by staying in school because it's not like he's going to start growing. I think he will turn pro and I wish him the best.

TK SWAN!!

I LIKE THE THOUGHT OF GETTING ANOTHER SLOT RECEIVER BUT NOT SWOPE. I LIKE SWOPE BUT IF WE'RE GOING IN THAT AREA THAN GO FOR THE BEST AND THAT IS AUSTIN(HANDS DOWN) THIS GIVES US THE EXTRA EXPLOSIVE PLAYER THAT MAKES IT HARD FOR TEAM TO MATCH US. YES THERE ARE OTHER NEEDS BUT THERE IS ALSO DEPTH IN OUR AREA'S OF NEED.

Ur McfU@ked

UM Nuggets ?

Sounds about right after the NCAA get throUgh with U that's all U'll have left.

Marios

Reality Bites says moronic things then gives us his opinion on the draft, like we care.

Make up your mind if you're gonna be an everyday joke on this blog or if you want to participate.

RB you seem to want to have Barry's valuable on time info on subjects you constantly bash and teams you hate.

Why?

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