1 p.m. update: UM get QB commit; Postscripts, reaction on Heat's series-clinching Game 5 win; conference finals schedule
1 p.m. update:
UM has landed a "soft" oral commitment from Tampa Hillsborough High quarterback Dwayne Lawson, a three-star prospect who has been generating considerable interest from major schools recently.
Last season, Lawson threw for 2200 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions and ran for 1000 yards and nine touchdowns.
He told canesport.com that he should be considered a "soft" commitment, will make a final decision in October and plans to visit Tennessee, Ohio State and Mississippi in the coming months.
He had more than 25 offers, including from FSU, UF, Auburn and Louisville.
"I just think Miami is the place for me to be," Lawson told canesport. "That's what made me commit. I prayed on it, think that's the best situation for me. It's a perfect situation, I feel, it really is. There's the playing time chances, the players they have on the team and the coaches, the coaches are great coaches."
At 6-5 and 207 pounds, Lawson has been compared, physically, by some analysts to Cam Newton. He says he's a pass-first quarterback who runs when the pocket breaks down.
James Coley and Larry Scott have been his primary recruiters.
UM recently lost out on New Jersey quarter Brandon Wimbush, who orally committed to Penn State, and is no longer in the top five for American Heritage four-star quarterback Torrance Gibson.
Lawson is UM's 11th oral commitment for 2015 and first quarterback in the class.
Postscripts, reaction from the Heat’s series-clinching 96-94 win to close out their Eastern Conference semifinal against Brooklyn:
### If Indiana wins at Washington on Thursday, the Heat would open the Eastern Finals at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Indianapolis on ABC, with Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN. There would then be a sizable break before Game 3 next Saturday (May 24) in Miami. They would play every other day from that point until conclusion.
### If Washington forces a seventh game, the Eastern Finals would begin Tuesday, with games every other day. Miami obviously would open the conference finals at home only if the Wizards are the opponent.
### Every conference finals game (except Sunday's, if there is one) would start at 8:30 p.m.... ESPN has the Eastern Finals this year, TNT the Western Finals.
### Dwyane Wade had an uneven first four games of the series but he carried the Heat offensively in the first half Wednesday, scoring 20 of his 28. And LeBron James did the heavy lifting in the second half, scoring 20 of his 29, including 14 in the fourth quarter.
Of being double teamed a lot, James said: "I figured they would do that, coming off the [49-point] explosion I had in Game 4."
As for Wade, he said: “Tonight, my mindset was just to be aggressive. I kept that aggressive mindset the whole first half. It was sensing what we needed.”
Said James: “He kept us afloat, as much as he could during our struggles. He was attacking. He was making his pull-ups. He was very aggressive. We needed it.”
### Miami closed the game on a 13-3 run, with the Nets missing nine of their last 10 shots. Ray Allen was 0 for 6 on threes before putting the Heat up for good with his three with 32 seconds left.
And Allen poked the ball away from Joe Johnson on Brooklyn’s final possession, with LeBron keeping Johnson from retrieving the ball as time expired.
Johnson claimed he was fouled on the play but “obviously it shouldn’t have come down to that.”
Allen’s take on the final play: “I was so aware of Paul Pierce and I was nervous to not give up a three-pointer, so I was trying to help but not to help too much and then he had his back to me, I just kind of stuck my hand in there and dug it away a little bit."
### Erik Spoelstra said he thought the final play “was probably going to Pierce, but that’s the one thing you can definitely say about Jason Kidd. He was very unpredictable in this series.”
### Wade, on Allen: “We’re lucky to have that guy on our side. We’re just glad he’s wearing a Heat jersey. He has continued to write his legacy --- one of the best two-guards of all time.”
### James shot and made more free throws (15 for 17) then the entire Nets team (12 for 15).
The Heat went 29 of 31 from the line, which compensated for Brooklyn making eight more field goals (37 to 29), shooting a higher percentage (47.4 to 43.3) and outrebounding Miami, 36-33.
### And so the team with the $102 million payroll and the $80 million luxury tax bill --- the NBA’s highest in both categories --– ultimately couldn’t make it out of the second round of the playoffs. The Nets missed nine shots in a row after Johnson’s jumper put them ahead 91-83 with 4:49 left.
### Some Nets reaction afterward:
Johnson: “There were some questionable calls down the stretch. It’s tough because this obviously was a game we should have won. It’s very disappointing to go out like this. This team was assembled to win the championship. It’s very frustrating.
“More than anything, down the stretch with about two or three minutes left, we had a lead, we were playing too cautious. We were playing against the clock, not being aggressive making plays. Then the clock got down to five and three seconds and taking tough shots. We made it hard on ourselves.
“Defensively, we had a lot of miscommunication and breakdowns,” Johnson added, citing Allen’s go-ahead three-pointer. And offensively, “we had some great looks down the stretch but they just didn’t go down.”…
Johnson scored 34 ("he was torching me," LeBron said) and opened the second half making 10 of his first 11. But he missed two of his last three and lost the ball late.
“They played tough, smothering defense,” said Deron Williams, who scored 17 but went scoreless (0 for 2) in the fourth quarter and shot 22 for 60 (36.7 percent) in the series….
“Too many breakdowns defensively,” said Pierce, who scored 19. “We just came up short in a game of inches. We played as hard we could but we didn’t play smart.”
### Pierce, an impending free agent, said he would like to play one or two more seasons but was non-committal about whether he wants to remain with the Nets.
### Kevin Garnett didn’t comment afterward. Wade said of Pierce and Garnett: “We can credit them for the team we are. Playing them made us mentally tough. We’ve enjoyed the battles versus them.”
James –-- who has faced Pierce/Garnett five of the last seven postseasons --– said: “They helped me become the player I am today because they challenged us. Even seeing them in black and white, you still see [Celtics] green in Paul and KG. They still have championship DNA.”
James said playing against them when he played for Cleveland made him realize he "needed some help."
### Chris Bosh didn’t get his first rebound until 2:07 remained in the game but scored six of his 16 in the fourth quarter.
"We could have sat back and complained the whole game," Bosh said. "We could have been frustrated with the way things were going because I don't think it was going our way for most of the game. We had bad bounces. They were beating us to losse balls. We were 1 for 16 on threes in the first half even though we had a ton of wide open shots. You just have to stay with it no matter what happens."
### The Heat closed 9 for 29 on threes and became the first team to make at least eight threes in 12 consecutive playoff games since Orlando did it 13 times in a row in 1995 and 1996.
### Miami became the fifth team in NBA history to win a postseason series against the team that swept them. And the Heat became the first team (out of 26) to win a playoff series against a team that went at least 4-0 against them in the regular season.
### A couple more feats: The Heat became the fifth team to win 10 consecutive playoff series, and the first since the Lakers won 13 in a row from 2000 to 2003... Since 2011, the Heat is 13-3 in closeout games. Oklahoma City has the second best closeout record (7-4) during that time.
Please see the last post (from Wednesday afternoon) with more Heat notes, LeBron addressing the Donald Sterling boycott issue and a health update on UM's Ryan Williams... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz