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Notes, quotes, postscripts after Heat's Game 5 win; Fins add receiver

Postscripts from the Heat’s series-clinching 94-91 Game 5 win against Chicago on Wednesday night:

### Good to see Dwyane Wade come alive with three baskets in the fourth, including two nifty floaters and a dunk.  

“This was the best I felt in all of the playoffs,” Wade said, noting the importance of taking “a mental day yesterday” when he didn't think about basketball.

Wade said of the doubters: “That’s my life. That has always been what I’ve tried to overcome. I understand certain things said. I’m harder on myself than anybody. I would love to be one of those guys that was never injured…. But that’s not in the cards for me. Hopefully, when I walk away from this game, I’ll get the respect my game deserves.”

Said LeBron: “He’s a Hall of Famer. He has two rings. He doesn’t have to prove himself to anybody. When he’s out on the floor, no matter what the stat sheet says, he’s a threat… What he did in the fourth quarter, to come in with two Euro steps and a tip dunk…. I could go on and on about how great he is. I don’t care for the trash talk he receives.”

Said Chris Bosh: “Dwyane is incredible, the way he finished that game. I know a lot of people were giving him that question mark. Even if he was going to play, they weren't really sure what he would bring.”

### LeBron – who closed with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists – said:  “This was a tough series. I have no energy left. We understand how tough the playoffs are. It’s tough to beat a team four times."

### Norris Cole hit a big three in the fourth and ended up shooting 9 for 11 on threes in this series. His fourth-quarter dunk erased the Bulls' final lead of the game with 5:51 left.

### Shane Battier hit just 8 of 28 shots in this series -- all of his attempts were three-pointers -- but he hit two big ones to fuel the Heat's rally from eight down early in the fourth.

### Joakim Noah can’t wait to play the Heat again in postseason, but with Derrick Rose and Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich available, unlike this series. “We are going to come back healthy and be able to compete with these guys for a long time,” Noah said. “One day, we’ll get our shot.”

### Carlos Boozer – who had game highs in points (26) and rebounds (14) – said if the Bulls are healthy in next year’s playoffs, “We’ll be scary.”

### The Heat has lost Game 1 of a playoff series three times in the Big Three era. They’ve come back to win the next four games all three times.

### The Heat is the first team to advance to three consecutive conference finals since the Lakers (2008-10) and the first Eastern Conference team to do it since the Pistons went six seasons in a row (2003-08).

### Just as it did after dispatching the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, the Heat could be facing another long layoff before its next playoff series.

If the Knicks stave off elimination by beating the Pacers on Thursday night, then the Eastern Conference Finals would not begin until Wednesday, with games to be played every other day.

But if the Pacers beat the Knicks to close out their series on Thursday, the Heat-Pacers Eastern Conference Finals would start Monday. There likely would be several days off between Games 2 and 3 of the series.

The Heat had an eight-day layoff after beating Milwaukee and wasn’t sharp in a Game 1 loss to Chicago.

### This was Miami's first single digit win this postseason. They won the other seven games by an average of 18.4 points per game.... The Heat is now 74-17 this season, including postseason.

### Sports Illustrated’s list of the highest-paid U.S. athletes includes James at No. 2 ($56.5 million), Wade 11th (at $28.6 million) and Bosh 47th (at $18.5 million). Those figures are obviously supplemented by endorsements. As far as salary, James and Bosh are earning $17.5 million this season, Wade $17 million.

### Bosh said James’ new free throw technique makes him look “like a 6-8 version” of Ray Allen. “That’s the only difference.” James has tried to emulate Allen’s technique on free throws and made 19 of 20 in Games 3 and 4. He was 12 for 15 in Game 5.

“They spend a lot of time together after practice,” Spoelstra said. “Free throw shooting is an area he wants to improve. There’s no better person to go to than Ray Allen.”

 FINS NOTE

Besides signing quarterback Aaron Corp on Wednesday (see our last post), the Dolphins also claimed receiver Marvin McNutt off waivers from Philadelphia.

The Eagles' sixth-round pick last season, McNutt spent most of last season on the practice squad but was active for four games but did not catch a pass.

As a senior at Iowa in 2011, he caught 82 passes for 1315 yards and 12 touchdowns. His offensive coordinator at Iowa was Ken O'Keefe, now the Dolphins' receivers coach.

McNutt will compete with Armon Binns, Rishard Matthews and four undrafted rookies for the Dolphins' No. 4 and No. 5 receiver jobs.

 

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Ice

the grizzlies will whup the heat's butt. San Antonio, too.

Jojo

That s the problem with the Bulls.Noah and Boozer talk crap before they ve ever got to the Finals.SHUT UP and get there first and we ll see how good or scary your team MIGHT be.Oh yeah...and don t forget 2 years ago when Miami beat y all then WITH MR ROSE ...also in 5 games.Don t talk the talk UNTIL you can WALK THE WALK....which obviously the Heat has NOT allowed them to do.Too funny.Memphis or SA won t beat the Heat either and neither will Indiana.GO HEAT.

Reality Bites

Yep, how quickly people forget that the Heat beat the Bulls with Rose, Deng, Heinrich and the rest. They also beat the Pacers. This is different than the regular season, you may beat the Heat once or twice but not 4 times in the playoffs.
Thanks for the info on the Fins and their unknown filler players we will never see again. McNutt is a good name though.
Go Heat!
For all of you dUm dUms out there notice that since the Great Barry Jackson did not talk about the sorry canes, I have no comment about them.

green

For all of you dUm dUms out there notice that since the Great Barry Jackson did not talk about the sorry canes, I have no comment about them.

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/16/2013 at 10:16 AM

http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/mark-bradley/2013/may/16/cue-acc-eyes-madison-square-garden/

The ACC is "thoroughly investigating" playing its men's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

One source was adamant that the ACC tournament eventually would be held in the World's Most Famous Arena, which would take it out of traditional ACC country for the first time.

"We'll be playing there," a source said. "It's just a matter of getting all the legal ramifications worked out."
-- brett mcmurphy

GO NY GO

Dom

congrats heat. well we 4 45-3 in last 48---3 LOSSES---in more than half a season. and 1 team has to beat us 4 times?? gonna b tough

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

The Only Team The Heat Have A Losing Record Against This Season Is Indiana.

They Have Size And Coaching. Something The Heat Lack.

TK SWAN

WAY TO GO JOJO!! THANKS FOR TELLIN IT LIKE IT IS MAN. I COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER. NOAH AND THE BULLS NEED TO LEARN THAT "THUGGERY" WILL NOT GET YOU TO THE FINALS AS LONG AS THE BIG THREE ARE IN TACT. AS SOON AS THE HEAT HIT BACK THE BULLS COULD ONLY CRY TO THE OFFICIALS ABOUT BEING FOULED HARD, INSTEAD OF PLAYING THE KIND OF BALL THEY PLAYED LAST NIGHT WHERE"THUGGERY" HAD NO PLACE. THE ONLY THING THAT KEPT THEM FROM A SWEEP WAS THE HEAT LONG LAYOFF AND RUST IN GAME 1. NEXT YEAR WITH ROSE,DENG AND HEINRICH THEY WILL STILL LOSE AS LONG AS LEBRON IS ON THE COURT. AS FAR AS MEMPHIS AND SA ! THEY MAY WIN 2 GAMES AGAINST THE HEAT BUT IF WADE GAME COMES BACK THE HEAT COULD EASILY SWEEP BOTH.
GO HEAT!!

Reality Bites

Hey Super, they call the playoffs "the second season" for a reason, you can throw out whatever happened during the regular season, no one is beating the Heat 4 straight. So that losing record you cite is meaningless. I give you that the Heat may lack size, but to suggest they lack coaching makes you sound like an ignoramus.

Now little green pea why do you have to go out nad start this ACC tourney nonsense here, who cares?
And why do you have to drag me into it?
But since you did here it goes.
The ACC is a basketball conference and if they feel they must play at MSG so be it. Apart from screwing the fans who would go to the tourney and make them travel far what is the big deal? Every conference tourney comes and goes real fast and without fanfare, the Dance is the real thing. Again, who cares?
And since you brought it up and dragged me into it, the canes won't be dancing anytime soon and they won't be taking many fans to MSG anyway. Not even to witness the early NIT exit of their mediocre team.
Go Heat!

Loser

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/16/2013 at 10:16 AM

Yes obviously you do.

Plus your name is based in sniffing UM football's jock.

green

Now little green pea why do you have to go out nad start this ACC tourney nonsense here, who cares?

And why do you have to drag me into it?
But since you did here it goes.
The ACC is a basketball conference and if they feel they must play at MSG so be it. Apart from screwing the fans who would go to the tourney and make them travel far what is the big deal? Every conference tourney comes and goes real fast and without fanfare, the Dance is the real thing. Again, who cares?

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/16/2013 at 12:16 PM

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-basketball/news/20130314/acc-madison-square-garden/

MSG and the ACC would be the perfect marriage of a premiere league and the best postseason hoops venue, a union of power, media muscle and geography. And it would be more important symbolically, as the Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has visions of moving his conference's tournament to New York. A proactive move for the ACC could also be a critical defensive move to keep the Big Ten out of Manhattan.

All the ACC is doing by continually moving its tournament is watering down its brand. Forget cameos in Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Tampa and plant a flag in New York. The ACC will become the envy of college basketball. Kids all over the country dream of playing in New York.

At its core, grabbing the Garden would be a long-term asset that would separate the ACC from its rivals. It would strengthen its basketball profile and make it more attractive for the long term. It would ingratiate the ACC in the country's best media market and one of the most fertile recruiting grounds.

Other than its BCS bid, having MSG was the Big East's most valuable asset for years.

I polled a half-dozen coaches and athletic directors ... None hesitated in responding that the ACC taking over MSG was a no-brainer. They all have felt the energy and relished an environment that needs to be experienced to appreciated. The Big East Tournament is an event. Every other conference tournament is just a tournament.

No one knows the high stakes of college sports better than the ACC, as the league already cannibalized the old Big East to the brink of irrelevancy. Why not rob the new Big East of its second biggest asset (behind its Fox TV contract) before it even begins?

Let Delany and the Big Ten settle for Brooklyn or Newark. Bludgeon the Catholic Seven before they even tip off.

Now is the time for the ACC to make a power play for Manhattan.
-- pete thamel

MMM SO GOOD

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpWG0svRrM0

NOTE: being whispered that 2016 or 2017 could be time-frame to bring ACC to MSG....more later.
-- arbitragegls

IT STARTED WITH A WHISPER

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlLHL0ijiQY&feature=youtu.be

New U documentary check out trailer
-- @TheUReloaded

SAME OLD U, SAME OLD ME

Marios

Go Canes!!!
Thank you God for making me a Cane and knowing what it is to win 5 National Championships and having to be cheated out of 2 more.
Thank you for being so good that the Gators said "no mas" to "avoid an automatic loss every year"
Thank you for being so relevant even when we're down that trollers like RB need to know what is happening in Cane Country every day of their lives.

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