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Burden on Bosh, Wade in challenging matchups; Dolphins, UM, Jameis, Marlins chatter

SUNDAY BUZZ COLUMN

Every time Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade struggles, the predictable narrative follows. Charles Barkley rants about LeBron James needing to carry all the Heat’s “dead weight” on his back. Others say it’s like James is back in Cleveland, wondering whether the lack of support will drive him away in free agency.

And then as is often the case, Wade or Bosh, or both, does something significant, as they did in Game 5 against Brooklyn. How both of them respond in challenging individual matchups in this Eastern Conference finals will be fascinating theater.

Indiana’s David West has thoroughly outplayed Bosh in Heat-Pacers games the past two seasons, and Bosh will defend West a lot in this series.

This issue goes well beyond scoring (West averaged 17.8 against Miami this season, Bosh 11.3 versus Indiana). It even extends beyond Bosh’s dismal 26 for 76 shooting in his past eight games against Indiana (34 percent).

This is especially troublesome: Over the past 14 meetings (dating to the start of last season), West has outrebounded Bosh, 114-60.

“When I coached Bosh [in Toronto], we went to Indiana and he fouled out Jeff Foster and Jermaine O'Neal and he’s going to have to go back in his memory bank and do that,” NBA TV’s Sam Mitchell said off air Friday.

“He’s the key. I’m OK with Bosh shooting jumpers but I also would like to see him put the ball on the floor and take it to the basket. You saw the problems Atlanta’s Paul Millsap gave West and Roy Hibbert. Bosh has to get them in foul trouble. Indiana doesn’t have a good matchup for him. He needs to pick his game up.”

Bosh, often positioned on the perimeter, attempted eight free throws in four games against Indiana; West shot three times as many against Miami.

As for Wade, he generally has played well against Indiana in the past and his 28-point outburst to close out Brooklyn punctuated an otherwise uneven series. But his primary matchup, Lance Stephenson, finished second behind Goran Dragic in Most Improved Player voting, and Stephenson can be an irritant who tries to get under Wade’s skin.

When Wade and Stephenson were on the court at the same time during their matchups this season, Indiana outscored the Heat by 36 points in 90 minutes, and Stephenson shot better than Wade (53.8 to 48.8 percent) and was more efficient (Wade had as many turnovers as assists: eight).

Including their 2013 playoff series (when Wade was slowed by a knee injury) and their games this season (when Wade was healthy),  Wade shot 43.6 percent when Stephenson was in the game, but 13 for 18 (72 percent) when Stephenson wasn’t.

“Lance talks about being an upper echelon player; now it’s time to show it,” Mitchell said. “If you can’t get the best of Dwyane now, with all the injuries and problems he’s had, when will you get the best of him?”

Please see the last post for details about what Stephenson said he wants to do to Wade in this series.

### It's noteworthy that Hibbert shot 1 for 10 against Udonis Haslem this season but 20 for 30 against everyone else on the Heat. But Hibbert had his way against Haslem, Bosh and Chris Andersen in last year’s playoffs (22 points per game, 56 percent shooting), so the Pacers aren’t calling Haslem a Hibbert-stopper.

“Haslem does a great job of using his low center of gravity against Roy to push him out,” Indiana’s Paul George said. “That compensates for Haslem’s [six-inch] height disadvantage.”

### Watch to see how James’ penetrations are affected by Hibbert. James shot 78 percent within five feet of the basket this season. But against Indiana, with Hibbert in the game, it was 65 percent.

### Mitchell insists Greg Oden must play at least 10 minutes a game – “this is what you signed him for!” – but Oden has logged just 13 minutes (and none in postseason) since Hibbert torched him March 26. Oden allowed Hibbert to shoot 5 for 6 against him this season. Everyone else in the league shot 14 for 43 against Oden.

### Among Heat concerns: Ray Allen’s horrendous shooting at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: 9 for 41 there as a member of the Heat.

CHATTER

### Several NFL people (including a longtime former general manager and a respected NFC scout) questioned the Dolphins for drafting this many small-school prospects (five), and even some inside the Dolphins don’t agree with it. The last time Miami selected so many FCS players was 1982 (Mark Duper and four others quickly forgotten).

“It’s risky,” the ex-GM said. “There are enough really good players from other schools to not have to do that. Some of them are not ready for the jump in competition.”

The scout said: “These kids have not faced the intensity, pressure and competition that kids at major schools do. It’s not a talent issue but the psychological and mental preparation to step up every day. FSU and USC kids practice every day against guys going to the NFL. These FCS kids may never see another NFL-type player at a practice or game [until postseason All-Star games]. It often takes them extra time to adjust to the NFL. That would concern me if I’m Miami.”

### If the Dolphins wanted to try to add an All-Pro and sell tickets, they could sign Saints restricted free agent and former UM star Jimmy Graham to an offer sheet. Miami would need to give up two first-round picks if the Saints didn’t match, but imagine a Graham/Charles Clay combo. But Dennis Hickey hasn’t inquired about it.

### Athletic director Blake James said UM intends to play FIU in football sometime after 2015 and that UF athletic director Jeremy Foley was receptive when James recently asked him about renewing the UF series. The Gators will agree only to a neutral site. “I would have to think about Orlando,” James said. “That’s not real neutral but it’s an easy distance to our campus.”

### For those hoping the UM/FSU talent gap closes, it won’t this season. ESPN analyst Todd McShay’s first mock draft includes five FSU players in the first 17 picks and six in the first round but no Hurricanes. The six FSU players: quarterback Jameis Winston, defensive end Mario Edwards, cornerback PJ Williams, receiver Rashad Greene, offensive tackle Cameron Erving and guard Tre' Jackson.

### Eyes rolled at FSU last week when Jameis Winston’s father, Antonor, asserted – in the wake of Winston stealing crab legs from Publix – that FSU “is supposed to have somebody around [Jameis] 24/7. He’s a Heisman Trophy winner so he’s definitely not supposed to be by himself.” FSU, dumbfounded by the suggestion, isn’t inclined to oblige.

### Jose Fernandez’s injury will save the Marlins very little (perhaps $50,000) in 2015 salary and hurts at the gate. His five 2014 home starts (including Opening Day) averaged 28,924 tickets sold. The Marlins’ 22 other home games averaged 19,230. Fernandez’s service time remains unchanged by the injury; he cannot be a free agent until after 2018.   

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joe r

another case of athletes family members should just shaddap...winstons dad should blame himself instead of others for raising a thief

blakesta

Easy to see why jameis be so stupid with a baby daddy like dat

cane4ever

To me it seems clearly that Winston is not all there mentally. He conducts himself as if he is ten years old. I understand that he is still a kid, but thers's is definitely something wrong with is posture. Get this guy some mental help fast.

OneEyedJack

Daddy Jameis waitin on dat Caddy...like da one Daddy Cam drive.

Ed

Will somebody please speak English

The swamp is a dump

hes not a kid. Hes 19. He knows whats right or wrong. Time to grow thf up. Plus hes at FSU- theyll do anything to enable him to play. Thast all they care about

Fatty Parcells

Former General manager, huh? Must have picked a lot of "big" school players when he had a job. Football is football - one can either play or not. The Pro Bowl is loaded with small school players every year. The key is picking the RIGHT small school players.

Fatty Parcells

Also, not sure why Walt Aiken is considered a small school player - he signed with Illinois and had a real good freshman season until getting kicked off the team. He could have transferred to another big school but wanted to play right away. He played a couple years at a small school but has played against big school talent.

green

Athletic director Blake James said UM intends to play FIU in football sometime after 2015
-- barry jackson

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

how does this benefit the University of Miami ...
U tell me ...
not out peer ...
not our rival ...
in fact, f-i-u-don't-matter ...
no matter how often they click the recommend icon -- since removed -- or cry their beady eyes out in an orchestrated effort to game the herald ...

CRY ME A RIVER

green

Hush nerd, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry, in real life Miami crushed your team last year and we're not scheduled to play again.

Posted by: Not our rival | 05/15/2014 at 01:32 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twx2XaInhV0

UF athletic director Jeremy Foley was receptive when James recently asked him about renewing the UF series. The Gators will agree only to a neutral site. “I would have to think about Orlando,” James said. “That’s not real neutral but it’s an easy distance to our campus.”
-- barry Jackson

fu is our oldest, closest, fiercest rival ...
academics too ...
that's why I have no problem with the man of a thousand aliases ...
they hate us ...
we hate them ...

NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET

Georgia Cane

Interested to see how good Spolestra is as a Coach. Will he spread the Pacers out & attack with penetration (pick & roll) & dish to shooters like Hawks and Wizards did. The screen must be set about 3 ft above the 3 point line. That will give adequate spacing on the floor.

green

Earliest ACC could start an ACC Network? "Several years,” Swofford said
-- Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN

joint discussions have recently been held between the ACC/SEC and ESPN. I think the ACC will have a network too and that it will be bundled with the SECN perhaps as soon as 2017.

The official line is that the discussions are being held for the sake of future scheduling between the two conferences in all sports that will broaden audience participation and reduce travel for OOC games between the two ESPN properties.

If things continue to play out like they have and the ACC reacquires their sublet rights then a bundle benefits both by virtue of footprints. The SEC won't need to own ACC property to get distribution in states they don't currently have and vice versa.
-- JRsec

A COUNTRY BOY CAN SURVIVE

green

https://twitter.com/ChrisFreet/status/468022173895241728/photo/1

Mark your calendars and set your DVR. Here is @CanesBaseball schedule for the @ACCBaseball Championship.
-- Chris Freet‏@ChrisFreet

SPRING IS IN THE AIR

green

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140514/SPORTS0202/305140091/Michigan-State-AD-Regular-football-series-Notre-Dame-likely-over

Scheduling in college football is getting tougher these days, especially for teams in the Big Ten.

With the new push toward a better strength of schedule as the College Football Playoff is set to begin this year, as well as a move to a nine-game conference schedule and a push to avoid playing FCS teams, the pool for nonconference opponents is shrinking.

At Michigan State, that means some significant changes, including the end of any regular relationship with Notre Dame. There had been an agreement in place to play four years on and two years off, but with the announcement on Tuesday of Michigan State’s series with Arizona State in 2018 and 2019, it was a sign that plan with Notre Dame was over.

“It’s gone,” Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said Wednesday at the Big Ten’s spring meetings.
-- detroit news

wow nice F you move by notre dame. we knew some of NDs rivalries would go away with the ACC move but i don't think anyone was expecting only the b10 rivalries to be on the chopping block.
-- john01992

RUST BELT TO SUN BELT

TK SWANN

HERE IS ONE REASON SELECTING GOOD SMALL SCHOOL PLAYERS CAN PAY OFF TREMENDOUSLY.. SMALL SCHOOL PLAYERS WILL WORK HARDER BECAUSE THEY HAVE "CHIP ON THEIR SHOULDERS" WITH MORE TO PROVE,THIS WILL DRIVE THEM TO COMPETE WAY MORE THAN SO CALLED "ENTITLEMENT PLAYERS" WHO AFTER THEY SIGN THE ARE BUST IN 2-3 YEARS. YES THE DOLPHINS HAVE TAKEN A GAMBLE BUT IF A LARGE MAJORITY CAN START AND CONTRIBUTE IMMEDIATELY THAN THE FINS GET YOUNGER, MORE CAP FRIENDLY,AND COMPETITIVE FOR YEARS INSTEAD. KEEP IN MIND WE ONLY NEEDED TO WIN 2 MORE GAMES FOR 10 WINS..THIS TEAM IS NOT A SUB.500 TALENT BUNCH AND IF THEY CAN GET OFF TO A FAST START,PROTECT THE QB,SCORE 3 PLUS TOUCHDOWNS A GAME AND LEARN HOW TO BEAT BOTH THE JETS AND BILLS IN MIAMI THIS TEAM WINS 10-12 GAMES.. I THINK THEY FINALLY WILL BARRING ANY MAJOR INJURIES..SMALL SCHOOL PLAYERS OR NOT !!

IMAWriter

"The Gators will agree only to a neutral site. “I would have to think about Orlando,” James said. “That’s not real neutral but it’s an easy distance to our campus.”
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I think James needs a geography lesson. Sheer lunacy to give UF an extra home game, which is WHAT IT IS. The trailer folks will travel the short distance, but unfortunately UM fans may not be as inclined, other than the real hard core fans. Miami is no longer culturally what it was in the the 80's and 90's, the Canes heyday. BTW, check out which school draws the bigger TV audience. Not close, UM by a mile.

Due to much larger UF pool of alumni and such, NO city south of Tennessee would be neutral, especially SEC cities. Home and home is the ONLY way. Otherwise,
sca-roo Foley, and keep FSU as THE game on the danes schedule. UF is now a non entity, at least until they again pay 4 million plus for a guy like Bobby Petrino, whom I predict will be one and done at Lousiville.

billb

Gators: Yeah, we'll agree to a neutral site, as long as its Met Life or Yankee Stadium in New York. We've beaten you 99% of the time we've played you recently. We get to chose the site.

 doobie

y wont the canes play florida in basketball...is the old man scared too like the other cane coaches before him...naw um didn't like all them gators seating in your home seats?
miami needs fl more then the other way around...it's the only time miami gets close to a sellout...sit home and watch on tv..like that helps out your team...

Gary

As a UM grad I agree with IMA writers take. AD James say bye to UF on the any schedule unless its a home & away series. NO "neutral" sites! Don't be another Paul Dee.

Random Shrapnel


Re: Jameis's dad's comments about having someone
around his son 24/7. If Jameis keeps this bull-s**t up
Mr. Winston won't have to worry about someone being around his son all the time. I believe we call them
"Guards", and not the football kind either.

wendy gordy

Hi

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