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A dozen postscripts from Heat-Bulls Game 1; Rose, LeBron notes; NCAA news

Twelve postscripts from this stunning Heat loss in Game 1:

### The Bulls are 9-8 against the Heat in the Big Three era - the only Eastern Conference team with a winning record against Miami since LeBron came aboard, according to ESPN. That includes a 3-2 record this season.

### This was just Miami's third loss in its past 44 games (two have come against the Bulls) and its fifth loss all season in 44 home games.

### The last time the Heat lost Game 1 of a series at home was in 2006, vs. New Jersey (100-88). The Heat won that series, four games to one.

### Dwyane Wade became the 29th player in NBA postseason history to make 1000 field goals, moving past Bill Russell for 28th place. But he went 0 for 3 in the fourth quarter on a 7-for-16 shooting night, including a miss on an ill-advised pull up three pointer with the Heat down two and 1:08 left.

"A lot of our shots were short," Wade said. "The fourth quarter was uncharacteristic of a Miami Heat team, giving up 35 points [Miami scored 24]. We had a lot of shots that we normally make and we didn't. When I fell in the crowd, I just had some little cuts, and I wish somebody would of grabbed me. It would have been kind of nice especially at home, but I guess I was coming too fast." 

### The Bulls outrebounded the Heat, 46-32, which Chicago players cited as a big key afterward. This should very much concern the Heat: Chicago has outrebounded Miami by 58 in the five games this season. 

"They're a physical team, a great offensive rebounding team -- that's one of our weaknesses," Mario Chalmers said.

### After a three-point first half, 5-9 Nate Robinson had 24 points in the second half -- despite needing 10 stitches at halftime because of an upper lip laceration. "Nate, to be that small, to do the things he does give us a lot of confidence," Joakim Noah said.

And Jimmy Butler was terrific: 21 points, 14 rebounds, and excellent defense on LeBron, while playing all 48 minutes. "He's better than a lot of people think," Wade said.

### LeBron, who closed with 24 points (8 for 17 shooting), with eight rebounds and seven assists, had this take afterward: "This is what the playoffs are all about.We're going against a really good team and we know that. I think we gave ourselves a chance to win. They just put themselves in a better position. They got us into the penalty early in the fourth quarter. It's tough. We played some really good basketball but they made a couple more shots and grabbed a couple more offensive rebounds."

### LeBron led the NBA in plus/minus during the regular season. But on Monday, the Heat was outscored by 15 during his 43-plus minutes on the court.

### This, too, was key: The Bulls committed only one turnover in the fourth quarter after going to halftime with 11.

### Erik Spoelstra's take: "We can play better. Our guys are veteran enough that we know it is always tough. They imposed their identity in the first game. We did not. Our offense was not as fluid and efficient as it normally is and you have to credit their defense for that. We need to show more poise, patience and aggressiveness. Shooting 39 percent and scoring under 90 points is not our style."

### After shooting 2 for 7 on Monday, Shane Battier is just 7 for 29 in postseason. Spoelstra opted for Mike Miller for six first half minutes, and he shot 2 for 5.

### Chris Bosh also had an offnight, with nine points and six boards. He closed 3 for 10 from the field. He hasn't rebounded well against the Bulls all season.

Scroll down lower in this blog for some other Heat notes, on Derrick Rose and the voter who kept LeBron's MVP from being unanimous.

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We'll have a story up on the site shortly with another NCAA twist, more affecting Frank Haith than Miami.

The short version: Haith's attorney is asking a judge to allow them to issue subpoenas to determine if Bank of America handed over microfishe copies of three $3300 checks that Haith made out to his former assistant coaches. The NCAA suspected that money was used toward securing Dequan Jones' commitment; Haith has repeatedly denied that, and the NCAA didn't have proof to include that in the notice of allegations.

The NCAA hasn't said if it has microfishe copies of those checks, but some are suspicious they might. Haith's camp says the NCAA has information it would have only if it had microfishe copies, which are clearer and more detailed than the images of the checks that Haith gave the NCAA.

If so, the NCAA had no business asking the bank for them, and the bank would be violating federal laws if it handed it over to the NCAA. So Haith's camp is basically trying to get to the bottom of this. The bank has been uncooperative with Haith and his wife.

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HEAT NOTES

Some Heat notes entering Game 1 of the Heat-Bulls series:

### All-Star point guard Derrick Rose said Monday that he won't rule out playing in this series against the Heat, but also indicated that he doesn’t believe he’s ready yet to appear in a game.

“Right now, I’m not ready,” said Rose, who suffered the knee injury in last year’s first-round playoff loss to the 76ers. “I’m trying to take my time and be really smart.”

Asked his chances of playing in this series, Rose said: “Still in the air. I might have a chance. Who knows what tomorrow night brings? You never know.”

The Bulls also remain non-committal. Asked if there’s any chance of Rose playing in this series, coach Tom Thibodeau said only: “We’ll see.”

Rose was cleared medically to play two months ago and has scrimmaged 5-on-5 against teammates since Feb. 18. But he doesn’t feel his body is ready for game action.

TNT’s Steve Kerr said recently that Rose owes it to his team to play if he’s healthy. Asked if he agrees, Rose said: “Everybody has their own opinion. The key words that he said is, “If I’m ready.’”

Does he feel more pressure to play because forward Luol Deng remains sidelined because of a bad reaction to a spinal tap?

“No, it’s no pressure at all,” Rose said. “I haven’t had any pressure from anyone. Not in the organization, not from my teammates. They know they I’m putting everything I have on trying to come back as fast as possible. But just trying to be smart with the whole situation and take my time.”

Of this series, Rose said: “No one is giving us a shot.”

Deng, meanwhile, remained back in Chicago today, with his status uncertain for Game 2 on Wednesday. Deng tweeted Friday that he was taken to the emergency room on Wednesday with symptoms associated with meningitis. He took a spinal tap, but that caused leaking spinal fluid “and the worst headache I’ve ever experienced and… the weakest I’ve ever felt.”

Thibodeau said Deng went to the hospital for more tests but is home now. “He’s is still not feeling as well as he would like,” Thibodeau said.

### Bulls point guard Kirk Heinrich is a game-time decision with a sprained ankle.

MVP CONTROVERSY

Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn wrote on Monday that he was “flabbergasted” to learn that he was the only person among 121 voters who did not give a first-place vote to LeBron James in MVP balloting. Washburn voted for Carmelo Anthony instead. Washburn’s vote prevented James from becoming the first unanimous MVP in league history.

“When I placed my NBA MVP vote a few weeks ago, I knew I would be in the minority,” Washburn wrote in The Globe. “I knew LeBron James was the prohibitive favorite to win his fourth award because he unquestionably is the best player in the game. I voted for Carmelo Anthony based on his importance to the New York Knicks, who, if you haven’t been paying attention the past decade, have failed to be relevant.”

Washburn defended his decision this way: “This isn’t the Best Player in the Game award. It’s the Most Valuable Player award, and I think what Anthony accomplished this season was worthy of my vote. He led the Knicks to their first division title in 19 years…. Anthony led the league in scoring average and basically carried an old Knicks team to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference…. If you were to take Anthony off the Knicks, they are a lottery team….

"If LeBron was taken away from the Heat, they still would be a fifth or sixth seed. He is the best player of this generation, a multifaceted superstar with the physical prowess of Adonis, but I chose to reward a player who has lifted his team to new heights.”

Washburn added that “the perception that I knew the other 120 voters cast their first-place votes for LeBron and that I went against the grain as some kind of statement is inaccurate.”

THIS AND THAT

### Dwyane Wade said the Bulls “have had a little hatred towards us” since losing to the Heat in 2011 playoffs “and we dislike them as well from that standpoint as a team.”

### Chris Bosh, asked if the Bulls play the Heat harder than anyone, said no, and instead cited competition provided by Heat backups in practice.

### Though ABC would have loved having Game 4 of the Heat-Bulls series next Sunday, it was scheduled for next Monday instead (on TNT) because a potential Game 7 in an NHL playoff series is booked for the United Center on Sunday. 

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TinSouthMiami

Washburn is an idiot. The award has been for the best player in the NBA since Moses wore short pants.
Teams have MVPs, leagues have best player awards.

green

Now let's talk about why an SEC Network could be worth billions for BOTH the SEC and ESPN.

[]_[] were saying ? []_[] Dolt.

Posted by: SEC Green With $ | 05/04/2013 at 12:47 AM

http://m.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2013/05/06/Media/ACC-network.aspx?

ACC officials are turning their attention to launching their own league-branded network, joining the ranks of the Big Ten, Pac-12 and, now, SEC as conferences that own channels.

“We’ve got the strongest collegiate TV market in the country,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “We’re now in a position to accelerate talks with ESPN, which were already ongoing, about a network.”

The conference’s recent additions — Notre Dame, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse — plus the grant of media rights “enhance those discussions,” Swofford added. Those moves caused ESPN to sweeten its rights offer for an all-in media deal that will average $260 million a year through 2026-27. There are other contractual elements, sources said, that could push the value higher, especially if the conference starts its own network.
-- sportsbusiness journal

ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS

green

#ACC channel has momentum, but Swofford said such projects take years to complete.
-- david teel

WHILE WE'RE YOUNG

Miami Penguin

The bank is not cooperating with Haith and his wife?! Since when does a bank have the option of not cooperating with its clients? I despise these huge national banks.

Miami Penguin

The bank is not cooperating with Haith and his wife?! Since when does a bank have the option of not cooperating with its clients? I despise these huge national banks.

green

http://video.theacc.com/

the single biggest thing that has happened IMO is Notre Dame apparently shelving a standalone Digital network in favor of a conference based network

it's still early in the process but i have to think that if the ACC's network includes a digital(espn3) type channel & N.Dame includes replays, coaches shows & access to their video collection that does nothing but increase the value to this proposed network. add that to what is all ready available to the conference equals $$$
-- mj4life

I think that may be a part of it. A digital "Irish Network" accessible by all devices has been a big project for AD Jack Swarbrick for about three years now.

He used to talk all the time about partnering with NBC on this digital network. Then, he stopped talking about it several months ago and maintained radio silence since then.
-- TerryD

GOLDEN CORRAL

Steve B

The ACC channel will cover a bigger area and encompass significantly more population than the SEC channel will.
The ACC as a basketball conference will be light years ahead of the SEC. With the reemergence of the U as a football power and strong Clemson and FSU and Louisville as well as VT squads the football fortunes of the league will improve significantly.
As Emmert leaves the NCAA (should be soon) I expect the corrupt SEC will finally be open for exposure instead it of being swept under the rug.

Georgia Cane

What happened to the crowd at the AAA. They didn't help the Heat in the final minutes. I know Lebron got off to slow start, rest of the team was rusty. Saw some bad habits appearing again. Too much standing around and dribbling, not enough passing. This is not the Bucks you are playing against. Get it together.

Gary

While it's only one game, I agree with Georgia Cane! Also Mario Chalmers was exposed on defense as a poor defender. Killed on pick and rolls. The Bulls figured out that passing and patience wins on offense against the scrambling style defense of the Heat. One more minus for the Heat. Chris Bosh. Why do they need him to stretch the floor when the Heat have 3 point shooters everywhere. He doesn't rebound and plays fair defense and now doesnt score consistently.. The Heat are in for a rough series and might lose!

Marios

I agree with above that Bosh has to play closer to the basket. But why don't we play Mike Miller instead of Battier vs Bulls? They don't have a slasher that we need Battier to stop and MM can help our defensive rebounding a lot more than Battier, who is shooting bad as well.
Still believe we will win 4 out of the next 5 and advance to the next round.

TK SWAN

CAUSE FOR CONCERN YES! WORRIED? NOT YET! WHAT I SAW LAST NIGHT WAS LACK OF AGGRESSIVENESS ON THE HEAT PART. THEY DO NOT WANT TO ADMIT IT BUT THE LAYOFF HURT THEM! BUT THE SAME LAYOFF WILL HELP THEM AS THIS MATCHUP GOES FORWARD,I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF THE BULLS DO NOT WIN ANOTHER GAME! I KNOW THE MEDIA AND EVERYONE IS EMBRACING THIS "HARD NOSE STYLE PLAY" BS BUT AS THE GAMES MOVE FORWARD THE LEGS WILL GET TIRED AND THE SHOTS FOR THE TIRED LEGS WILL NOT FALL AS MUCH! AS FOR THE HEAT THEY SETTLED FOR TOO MANY JUMP SHOTS AND DID NOT ESTABLISH THEMSELVES DOWN LOW,ALL OF THAT WILL CHANGE. THE KEY GAMES NOW WILL BE BOTH 2&3 SHOULD THE HEAT WIN GAME 2 AND NOT 3(VERY POSSIBLE)IT'S STILL A SERIES BUT IF HEAT WINS BOTH GAMES THE SERIES IS OVER. NOW THE SERIES IS ALSO OVER IF HEAT LOSES GAME 2 AND YES SPO SHOULD BE FIRED! THIS SEASON IS MORE IN LINE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP THAN LAST SEASON ! NO EXCUSES! (NO KOBE,NO WESTBROOK, NO RANDO AND CELTICS NO EXCUSES!

green

The ACC channel will cover a bigger area and encompass significantly more population than the SEC channel will.

Posted by: Steve B | 05/06/2013 at 10:53 PM

"we’ll have more top-30 markets than any other conference in the country, and we’ll have more television households (43 million) in our footprint than any other conference in the country.”

The top-30 markets the ACC now considers part of its footprint include New York, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Raleigh, Charlotte, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Orlando and Miami.
-- ACC commissioner John Swofford via david teel

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY

Reality Bites

The Heat will bounce back and win the series, they can't play as a collective any worse than they did last night.

Keep on babbling about the ACC network, The SEC and ESPN have a much better product. Some delusional fool saying "now that the U is back to prominence in football", really? When did that happen? Was it after another 7 - 5 season and no bowl game? Or was it wishful thinking inside your pea brain?

No love here for Bank of America, and of course they should listen to their clients, in this case Haith.
But is Haith complaining that he gave the NCAA some bad copies of evidence of dirty money exchanges on purpose because no one can tell what they say. And now he believes his bank provided clear microfiche of those same dirty transactions so that there is no doubt he was involved in shenannigans. So we are back complaining the the truth was obtained in a roundabout way.
Truth is I cheated and UM cheated, but since you found your proof in a shady fashion then you are the crook. Typical criminal logic. Typical cane thinking.

green

might next week determine future venues for its men’s basketball tournament.

“That’s probably a little aggressive,” John Swofford said, “but we’re making a lot of progress on those discussions. The discussions were altered a bit with the change in the Big East and getting a familiarity with New York. That is the media capital of the world, and we’re going to have a strong presence in the Northeast, and at the same time the tournament has a great tradition and history and has really been built in the state of North Carolina in Greensboro and Charlotte. We’re looking at all of that very carefully."

The ACC has never awarded consecutive tournaments to any city outside of North Carolina, but might New York’s Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center demand a multi-year commitment?

“I can’t really answer that yet,” Swofford said.

Perhaps some answers will emerge next week.
-- ACC commissioner John Swofford via david teel

hey barry j
will you attend next week's momentous meetings in amelia island ...

BIG DOINGS

green

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laissez-faire#Fundamentals_of_Laissez_Faire

The ACC has historically pooled bowl revenue after expenses and shared it evenly. But with the football playoff set to generate another windfall, I asked Swofford if the ACC is considering rewarding its football champion, or playoff teams, with a bonus.

“There’s some discussion about that,” he said.
-- david teel

LAISSEZ FAIRE (LET THEM DO)

green

http://www.auburntigers.com/digital/social_media_top_25.html

Miami makes the top 25 in three social media rankings. I smell a #hashtag.
-- michael casagrande

#Canes: 3 - YouTube, 18 - Twitter, 25 - Facebook
-- chris yandle

SOCIAL CLIMBER

green

Wow. Since Super Bowl Sunday, the @MiamiHeat are 41-3. Two of those losses are to the @ChicagoBulls. No need to panic. Heat win in 5 games.
-- chris yandle

SUN TRUST

Green Perpet[]_[]al With SEC Envy

Green, do []_[] like to constantly talk to []_[]rself ?

Have []_[] ever answered []_[] back ?

Bob from Chicago

Since Mr. Swofford flunked third-grade geography, we'll give him some help. The ACC footprint does NOT include the Chicago market. People in Chicago couldn't care less about the ACC.

Notre Dame is in the South Bend, Indiana TV market, not the Chicago TV market. There are a lot of Notre Dame football fans in Chicago, like in every big city, but you may have noticed that Notre Dame is an independent football team. Outside of football, Notre Dame sports are invisible in Chicago. You can't find ten Chicagoans who even know who Mike Brey is. (He's ND's terrific men's basketball coach.)

Serpico Jones

Barry do you think Ross will sell the Dolphins in the near future?

green

Since Mr. Swofford flunked third-grade geography, we'll give him some help. The ACC footprint does NOT include the Chicago market. People in Chicago couldn't care less about the ACC.

Notre Dame is in the South Bend, Indiana TV market, not the Chicago TV market. There are a lot of Notre Dame football fans in Chicago, like in every big city, but you may have noticed that Notre Dame is an independent football team. Outside of football, Notre Dame sports are invisible in Chicago.

Posted by: Bob from Chicago | 05/07/2013 at 04:37 PM

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/notredame/

Remember that the state of Indiana is a bit different in the same way as Kentucky and North Carolina - it is unambiguously a basketball state and, in that respect, the Hoosiers are clearly the most popular team. Notre Dame seems to have a similar relationship with Indiana natives as Duke has with North Carolina natives - it's not really a "local" team. ND is a bigger draw across state lines in the Chicago area.
-- frank the tank

MY KIND OF TOWN

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