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1 p.m. update: UM spring practice notes; Heat, Marlins, Dolphins, Canes chatter

A 1 p.m. Thursday update from UM's final spring practice before Saturday's glorified scrimmage/spring game:

### That Malcolm Lewis had had such a good spring is more impressive considering he had sports hernia surgery two months ago (according to Lewis). Several other players --- including UM's Deon Bush and the Dolphins' Jamar Taylor --- needed more time to round back into form after that procedure.

"He's leaner --- now he's got quickness," Al Golden said.

Lewis told me Tuesday this is the best he has felt since his horrific ankle injury during his freshman season (2012).

UM will have at least five high-quality receivers this fall, barring injuries, in Stacy Coley, Phillip Dorsett, Rashawn Scott, Lewis and Herb Waters. And D'Mauri Jones has improved. Barring injuries, UM probably could afford to redshirt Braxton Berrios, coming off ACL surgery, but that decision will be made down the road. Al Golden said Berrios should be ready by June. 

### Duke Johnson said his injured ankle "feels better and cutting is not something I'm worried about." He said he won't participate in the spring game and that adding extra weight (he's now 207) "will help me resist injuries, take more of a pounding."

### Golden said he's "very hopeful" Carol City's Trayone Gray will qualify academically, and UM will "probably start him out at running back. He's a good athlete, great size kid who did excellent things with the ball in his hands a year ago." If UM doesn't feel he's best equipped for running back, it would then try him at receiver, according to the coaching staff.

### Cornerback Ryan Mayes, who has exceeded expectations as an early enrollee, left practice with a leg injury.

### Golden said Kevin Olsen "has done a great job" in the past week, and "now he has to go in there and really prove it to himself. It's not about proving it to us right now, it's about proving it to himself, running the offense, doing it with confidence, not thinking too much, just executing it."

Olsen has mixed flashes of brilliance with mistakes. On Thursday, he threw a 45-yard TD pass to Scott but also threw an interception to Artie Burns.

### UM coaches said this week that many of the summer arrivals will arrive for the first summer session in May, including Brad Kaaya. That will give them extra time to do on-field work with teammates.

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Tidbits on a Wednesday night when Indiana surged back ahead of the Heat, and Carlos Marmol imploded for the first time as a Marlin:

### You would have suspected the Heat would be pummeled by Memphis’ big men, considering the skill level of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, and considering the Heat played without Udonis Haslem, Greg Oden and Chris Anderson (not to mention Dwyane Wade).

And that played out predictably, with Randolph opening 9 for 9, and Memphis outscoring Miami, 60-30, in the paint and outrebounding the Heat 41-27. Memphis shot 55.1 percent, with many of those attempts in the basket area in this 107-102 Grizzlies win.

Still, Erik Spoelstra said: “Our big guys did a great job of competing and throwing their bodies around. Nobody wants to hear in this locker-room who’s playing and who’s not. That’s not an excuse.”

For the second straight night, more was needed from Chris Bosh, who wasn't impactful enough in a 13-point, 6-rebound, four-turnover game. 

### Norris Cole has been a liability offensively since the All-Star break, and he was again Wednesday, with three turnovers (two of which led to key baskets) and 1 for 4 shooting. And the Heat was outscored by 14 in his 25 minutes. Despite his acumen as an on-the-ball defender, Cole can’t be trusted with late-game minutes if he keeps struggling to this extent.

### Miami might have overcome the pounding in the paint if they hadn’t committed several key turnovers late, by Cole, Bosh, Ray Allen and James. “Every single turnover we had they converted into a basket,” LeBron said.

### Aside from LeBron (37 points, 14 of 23 shooting, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), only Rashard Lewis (17 points) played especially well. Mario Chalmers was decent.

### LeBron said the No. 1 seed “is the least of our worries right now…. We want to get healthy. That’s all we care about, man. We’ve got more problems as far as health issues than the No. 1 seed.”

Is LeBron worried about cohesion? “There’s some sense of worry, of course. We haven’t played too many minutes together. Our team is built on all of us being out on the floor. Once [that happens], we can get everything rolling.”

### Hubie Brown’s take on ESPN: “Miami is 12-11 in its last [23]. That’s something to be concerned about. You’re the Miami Heat! That’s a problem.”

### Indiana, which won at Milwaukee despite resting five starters, wouldn’t mathematically clinch the top seed by winning Friday but would come close. A win Friday would give Indy the tiebreaker and a 1 ½ game lead with two games left for the Pacers: OKC and at Orlando.

“I’m sure the fans, the way it’s set up, that’s the way people wanted it to be, and now we have a chance to compete at home against a team that beat us twice already this year,” Spoelstra said.

James: "It's going to be one of those games that's like a Game 7."

Bosh said Friday's game "will pretty much be the playoffs. We expect them at their best. It will be an intense, hard-fought game with something at stake."

The Heat hopes Wade can play Friday, but Spoelstra said, “He has to pass a battery of tests before we take him to the next level.”

### The absence of three of Miami’s big men forced a Justin Hamilton sighting. And though he was understandably schooled defensively by Randolph, he hit both of his shots (including a three). Miami was outscored by eight in his 13 minutes.

### Considering Marmol’s history of control problems, you would have expected his first breakdown as a Marlin would have involved unintentional walks. Instead, it played out this way, in the bottom of the eighth: hit batter, bunt single, intentional walk and a grand slam by Jason Werth, erasing a 7-6 Marlins lead, putting Washington ahead 10-7.

And so the Marlins, who opened 5-1, are now 5-4 after blowing a 5-0 lead Wednesday. 

### The Marlins committed three more errors (Giancarlo Stanton, pitcher Dan Jennings and Derek Dietrich), giving them 11 in nine games. Dietrich has hit well filling in for Rafael Furcal (.364, a homer tonight) but has three errors for the season and probably should have four.

### Garrett Jones, who went 2 for 21 against lefties for Pittsburgh all of last season, already is 5 for 16 against lefties this season.

Couple other items:

### Because it's a CBS game (meaning an AFC road team), the Dolphins are only of only two teams eligible to play at Detroit on Thanksgiving this year. But the Buffalo Bills’ website (assuredly without NFL permission) reported that Buffalo, not Miami, will play at the Lions on Turkey Day.

### The Dolphins, who drafted three Gators last year, have been poking around, doing extra work, on several this year: linebacker Ronald Powell, defensive tackle Dominique Easley (two ACL tears) and guard Jon Halapio, among others.

### Ryan Tannehill was blunt in an ESPN appearance today: "I have to make a big jump. I'm aware of that."

### Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano attended UM practice this week, leading some fans to wonder (on messages boards and elsewhere) whether he could re-surface at UM. But the Miami athletic department said on the record today that there are no discussions about Schiano taking a job with the Hurricanes. 

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#1 GATORS

### The Dolphins, who drafted three Gators last year, have been poking around, doing extra work, on several this year: linebacker Ronald Powell, defensive tackle Dominique Easley (two ACL tears) and guard Jon Halapio, among others.

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The PHINS know where to look for real NFL Talent... Not Coral Gables. If they were to "poke" around duh u campus, nothing but hot air would come out of there.

TK SWANN

SCHIANO HAD HIS CHANCE TO BE HEAD COACH AT THE U BUT TURNED US DOWN.. WE WASN'T WORTHY!! WELL F HIM !! HE'S NOT WORTHY UNLESS HE WANTS THE DC JOB!! THEN THAT'S DIFFERENT,,OTHERWISE GET THE H OWN SCHIANO!! GO BACK TO TAMPA BAY !! OH THAT'S RIGHT YOU CAN'T!!YOU DON'T HAVE TOGO HOME BUT PLEASE "GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE". THE HEAT WILL WIN HOME COURT ONLY IF THEY FEEL IT'S BEST AS FAR AS A MATCH UP THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO REST WADE AND GET THROUGH WITH OUT WEARING ON LEBRON ALSO.. IS IT BEST TO HAVE HOME COURT AND FACE ATLANTA OR THE 2ND SEED AND FACE CHARLOTTE ??. HEAT WANTS FRIDAY'S GAME AND WILL TAKE INDIANA OUT BUT AFTER THAT IT WILL ALL BE ABOUT WHICH WOULD THEY PREFER TO MATCHUP WITH ?? CHARLOTTE,WIZARDS, OR HAWKS ??...

THE REAL DON SOLDY

Norris Cole needs to be flushed down a toilet.

Send Marmot to Crimea

Is there any good news out there Barry? Every Miami team is in the dumps right now.

N_D_Boochiss

I love my Canes but when it comes to the Dolphins and the NFL draft everything goes out the window. I watched the most recent Canes vs Gators game and although the Canes humbled those scurvy reptiles 21 - 16, Dominique Easley looked totally awesome. I knew Dominique Easley had sustained one ACL a couple games later I didn't know he got a second one. I don't know much about his draft status but I wouldn't mind seeing us get him. GO CANES!!!

TheSergeantMajor

The good news (Marmot) is that "The Duke" of Miami and his understudy Joe Yearby are both on the mend.

Jeff

Oh, yeah. The Gators are #1 in losses this past season! The current Gator players on the Dolphins roster are back-ups who don't play. Unless, of course, you count Caleb Sturgis, the worst kicker in the NFL! Go Canes!

Gabe H. Cuod

Hey, guess which school had the most players in the NFL last year?

The U 58 (tied for 1st)
UF 43 (10th -- not sure if they counted Aaron Hernandez)

(Source: http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/number-of-nfl-players-by-college/2013/ )

Gabe H. Cuod

Oh, and guess which school has had the most players in the NFL each and every year since 2006?

(Hint: it ain't the Gators.)

John Henson

Schiano for DC yes!! Right now. He will be back if our def stinks once again

Benny

UM needs an athlete at qb. Someone who can run.

Former Season Tckt Holder

Is there a local NHL team? I don't think anyone knows, if there is good riddance

UGoCane

Good bounce back by M. Lewis...in fact I think this kid will surprise a lot of fans this upcoming season.

He will be the sleeper, in our group, with deceptive speed and good hands...watch out for this kid...he will be a good one.

Thanks Barry ....good work.
Go 'Canes

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johnnie j

Wade has made it most definitely uncomfortable in thinking of the Playoff scenario with a very limited version.That possibility will absolutely knock Miami out of it.Cole has been disappointing and come up short(no pun intended)and erratic all season actually.Rashad has tried to step up with Allen but they re much more offense oriented and defense hasn t been strong of late.Bosh hasn t been huge lately but in big games and the Playoffs...CB does show up.Wade simply needs to heal fast hopefully as the KEY to the Heat s long-term Playoff success as we all know.Hoping he plays some anyway Fri against the Pacers to shake off some rust.Can t wait for Canes to get "coached up" by gameday.Al s got no more excuses.We ll see.

rboud

Trayone Gray is under the radar, but if he makes it in to UM, everyone will know about him before too long. The kid has great talent.

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