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Stephenson's antics draw interesting reaction Thursday; Eye-opening late-game Big 3 numbers; Dolphins, UM

FRIDAY BUZZ COLUMN

Lance Stephenson’s infantile behavior elicited a mix of reaction Thursday, from his coach defending some of his conduct, to Ray Allen ridiculing it, to Chris Bosh asserting that Stephenson’s antics “take away from the sport.”

Start with Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who had no issue with his mischievous guard eavesdropping in a private discussion between Erik Spoelstra and Norris Cole during Game 5.

“People are in my huddle all the time,” Vogel said. “Every player in the NBA does that. That’s nothing.”

Asked if he wishes he could have said something to Stephenson at that moment, Spoelstra said: “Look, some players do that. He’s not the only one. Jason Kidd used to do that.”

And Stephenson claimed Cole --– or “Cole Norris,” as he called him –-- “does the same things, gets under your skin, but in a different way.”

But Vogel said Stephenson blowing in LeBron James’ “face probably crosses the line. We want to be a competitive team but we don’t want to cross the line.”

As Dwyane Wade said: “Our teammates wouldn’t do that. That’s not how we are.”

Pacers president Larry Bird told USA Today that he also was bothered by Stephenson blowing in LeBron's ear.

On Thursday, Bosh and Allen took issue with Stephenson’s conduct in general.

Allen called it “buffoonery” and said the blowing incident “shows bad character on his part.”

Allen said Stephenson hasn’t remotely gotten under the Heat’s skin and “for most of us, it’s laughable. It makes him look bad. It’s something he’s got to clean up."

Allen, by the way, also said with the way Stephenson is playing defense, "there’s a point where you will be getting fouled because he’s trying to get too close. The referee will call it.”

Bosh said Stephenson’s bizarre behavior "takes away from the sport. We’re talking about his antics, not the real purpose of the game. It takes away even from Paul George’s performance…

“I’ve been watching the game since I was a kid and I’ve never seen anything like that. What can you do? He’s his own man and he doesn’t have any effect on what we do….

“It’s funny. It seems surreal that it keeps happening. We can use it as fuel, especially for LeBron…. We’re professional. There’s a such thing as sportsmanship. You have to respect the game.”

Bosh said Stephenson’s behavior should be treated “like your kids. If they throw a tantrum on the floor, just ignore them and they’ll stop.”

Bosh said if a teammate behaved this way, he would tell him: “Just stop!”  

James again tried to avoid the topic Thursday, saying: "I'm not going into a game worried about Lance or his antics."

Stephenson said Thursday his antics “just come out of the blue” and that blowing in James’ face “just happened. Just having fun. I have a lot of respect for him. You’ve got to do whatever it takes to get under him in the game because he’s that good. So if I got to do all that stuff, I’m going to do that to win the game.

“The whole series, I felt like he was comfortable and nobody really bothered him.”

Does Stephenson mind being cast as a villian? “Just trying to help my team win, whatever it takes.”

CHATTER

James’ decision to pass to Bosh for what was a missed three-pointer late in Game 5, rather than drive to the basket, generated plenty of debate, as expected. We have no issue with it because James was struggling (1 for 5 in the paint, 2 for 10 overall) and because Bosh has hit that shot many times. A couple points to consider:

1. During the Big Three era, including regular season and playoffs, Bosh is 4 for 10 on shots in the final 10 seconds of games, with the score tied or the Heat trailing by three or fewer.

Conversely, James is 9 for 30 on those shots, including 2 for 5 in the playoffs as a member of the Heat and 1 for 6 during the regular season this year, according to my analysis of year-by-year numbers on NBA.com.

Wade is 4 for 17 on those shots in the regular season and postseason during the Big Three era, Mario Chalmers 0 for 6.

And Allen is 2 for 3 on those attempts in his two years with the Heat, including the biggest shot in franchise history late in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals.

If you cut the sample size to potential game-tying or go-ahead shots with less than five seconds left, as ESPN did, Bosh is 3 for 7 since joining the Heat (3 for 4 on threes) and James 3 for 18.

2. Roy Hibbert said James driving would have been the higher-percentage shot and that’s accurate in theory.

Keep in mind that James shot 65 percent within five feet of the basket against Indiana when Hibbert was in the game this season, and shot 78 percent within five feet of the basket overall in 2013-14, according to NBA.com data.

But opponents are shooting 42 percent against Hibbert at the rim in the playoffs, according to ESPN.

Bosh, conversely, shot 33.9 percent on three-pointers this season and 40.7 in the playoffs.

Even so, I'm not among those with any great objection to how LeBron handled this, considering a second defender came over to help on LeBron on that play; because LeBron was having a dreadful night; and because Bosh has been the Heat's most effective clutch shooter over the past couple of years.

### Please see the last post for more Heat notes from Thursday night, including a Chris Andersen update and why Chris Bosh said everybody was especially ornery today (even beyond Wednesday's loss).

### Dolphins tight end Michael Egnew said new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is splitting him out as a receiver more often than Mike Sherman did. That’s the role Jeff Ireland envisioned for him. Ireland, by the way, will not get a job with the Seahawks after working as a draft consultant for them.

### The dynamic between Mike Wallace and the Dolphins coaching staff --- which teammates have raised concerns about in the past --- definitely has improved, with Joe Philbin making a point to say how happy he is with Wallace’s attitude and others praising his work habits.

### While UM and UF are working on scheduling a home-and-home in basketball (in Gainesville in November, in Miami the following year), UF athletic director Jeremy Foley warned this week that a neutral site football game “would not be a renewal of the series” and that nothing is imminent: “At some point and time, it may make sense.”

### Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

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rboud

Foley is in no hurry to schedule UM in football. Uf will never play UM again in the greater Miami area, at least while he's the AD. You can take that to the bank. Once in a blue moon Foley will consider playing in Tampa or Orlando if he sees a benefit to UF. This is a one-sided rivalry because UF has all the $$$$$.

Aztec-Psycho

Seems like the Gators sure talk a tom of smack, but are even more scared to back it up on the field. Sissies!!!

MikeM

Watch the Pacers win friday. just watch.

TRP

First, if the Heat screw up Friday, they are history.

Second, the gayturds are cowards and will not play UM in a fair home and away series any time in the foreseeable future. Orlando and Tampa neutral sites? Please.

u is what u does....spank gaytors

its a joke, how gayturds and there fans talk all this crap but wont even do a home and and home. yes....we havn't been that good for a while and they still wont play us .....who's the ClUCk now ....cant spell d*mb *uck without the u and the f. I live on Orlando......that's as much as a neutral site game as Chicago was for notre dame when we played them.

u are u ...  21st. Cent[]_[]ry Gestapo u


Dear Bloggers,

If U have nothing positive to say then post on the Miami Herald blog.

UMike..your FSU tix have been revoked for your clear negligence at banning trolls posting a OBVIOUSLY negative agenda against UM which U obviously love. U are now on your own. Bad choice by U.

OGV..We do not want U here. Get gone.

HerbIbis...U too. Find a new home.

4-Real...go to the SS, PBP or MH. U are not wanted here.

No discussion, no arguments, no comments, just go away.

Posted by: SOUP | May 28, 2014 at 09:47 PM


Some of U, maybe 10% of U, should be ashamed to even call yourself Canes fans. Because clearly U are not. U are just angry, selfish, haters. Trolls and regs included.

Posted by: SOUP | May 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM


Haters Gonna Hate.

Go hate somewhere else.

Posted by: SOUP | May 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM


When people here take things for granted then accountability and consequences must follow.

Posted by: SOUP | May 28, 2014 at 11:10 PM


I will take comment moderation off later this afternoon when I get home and can montior the blog more closely.

But I will leave ON "Commenters MUST sign in to TypePad" on for Friday until I am sure things are back to normal and the trolls are gone for good. So if you have not "gone BLUE" by registering with TypePad U may want to today.

Posted by: SOUP | May 29, 2014 at 06:56 AM

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In other words, u better do as I do, think and speak...

ANTI-U Decent, Counterpoints and Criticism VIL NICHT BE ALLOWED !!!

Isn't this how Hitler got his start ?


u are u ... Nationally []_[]nranked or []_[]nseeded in EVERYTHING ...

### While UM and UF are working on scheduling a home-and-home in basketball (in Gainesville in November, in Miami the following year)

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careful what u wish for u cellar dwellers...

u are u ... Nationally []_[]nranked or []_[]nseeded in EVERYTHING u ...

u s[]_[]ck ...

IMAWriter

1. During the Big Three era, including regular season and playoffs, Bosh is 4 for 10 on shots in the final 10 seconds of games, with the score tied or the Heat trailing by three or fewer.

"Conversely, James is 9 for 30 on those shots, including 2 for 5 in the playoffs as a member of the Heat and 1 for 6 during the regular season this year, according to my analysis of year-by-year numbers on NBA.com.

Wade is 4 for 17 on those shots in the regular season and postseason during the Big Three era, Mario Chalmers 0 for 6."

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Robert Horry, better than all those guys when that situation arises. One, of many reasons why the Lakers 2 dynasties are far more impactful than the Heat. A much weaker conference as well. The West has been THE conference for nearly 2 decades. Just between the Spurs, Lakers, Rockets MANY NBA Championships.

IMAWriter

BTW, Barry, as always finding FACTS often ignored for the hype. I do not harbor ill will towards the Heat, but those who say James is Jordan, compare the last shot stat of Jordan to James. Also, Jordan's teams didn't lose these sorts of games in the playoffs.

octavio de armas

Some of you Bloggers need to get a woman or men whatever is your preference. Maybe, just maybe that will stop all the stupidity and worthless crap you write each other.

there's always 2020

P - []_[] , Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers ...

GO HEAT !

there's always 2022

darn, Bosh, Wade n James will be 34, 38 n 35 in 2020 ...

how can we get Mr. Wiggins in 2018 ?

Bob

NEW YORK — Indiana Pacers draft pick Lance Stephenson, after pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, grabbed her and hit her head on the bottom step, prosecutors said Monday.

A judge released Stephenson, 19, without bail late Sunday night after his arrest on assault, menacing and harassment charges. Prosecutors had asked for $7,500 bail.

In a lengthy statement issued Monday, Pacers president Larry Bird called Stephenson's arrest "very disappointing to the Pacers franchise and to me personally." A defense attorney said Stephenson didn't harm his girlfriend.

Authorities say the confrontation occurred around 5 a.m. Sunday when the woman, Jasmine Williams, was returning home to her apartment building with two friends. Witnesses said Stephenson was waiting for her and yelled, "Are you kidding me?" before pushing her down the stairs.

A criminal complaint provided Monday by the Brooklyn district attorney's office said that as Williams lay at the bottom of the stairs, Stephenson picked up her head and slammed it on the bottom step.

Not our rival

Posted by: u are u ... Nationally []_[]nranked or []_[]nseeded in EVERYTHING u ... | 05/29/2014 at 11:51 PM

WOOOOOOOOW!

Such a nerd that you troll not only the Miami Herald but ANOTHER UM blog just to post mean-spirited comments and propagate your fake internet rivalry?!

Talk about pathetic.

The SEC is overrated and top heavy

UF won't play Miami

UF won't play D-2 schools

That means those b*thces from Alachua county just don't want to face teams that have beaten them. FSU don't count bc they have to play them. SEC teams don't countbc they have to play them/

Look at FSU- They went and played BYU and Oklahoma, and now Oklahoma State, They ain't scrred. And neitehr are the canes- We agreed to play Notre Dame at a "neutral" site- what a laugher. Chicago is 99% Notre Dame fans. The stadium was decorated in ND colors and at half time, former ND players were honored. So much for neutral- the stadium had about 55,000 fans, and 53,000 were irish fans.


Here's a thoughts gators: Play out of conference and out of state.

Only then will we stop looking at you as crrd little beeo-ches

Keep'n it Real

Jordan’s clutch helped a little on the title front, but not as much as you might think. In playoffs where his team won a title he had 12 clutch shots and connected on 5 of them (41%).

This is not that great. Additionally, there are only two series I’ll give much credit to. The 1991 finals his clutch shot gave the Bulls a 2-1 edge instead of being in a 1-2 hole. Of course, had Jordan been clutch in game 1, it would have already been a 2-0 lead. In 1997 Jordan’s clutch kept the Bulls from starting in a 0-1 hole and given the series went to 6 as is, this mattered.

NBA Finals Game 1 vs. Lakers, June 2, 1991
With the Bulls trailing 92-91 with 9 seconds left, Jordan took a pass near midcourt, drove towards the basket, and then pulled up for an 18-foot jumper that missed with about 3 seconds left. Lakers won 93-91.

NBA Finals Game 2 vs Trail Blazers, June 5, 1992
With the game tied at 97, Jordan had a chance to win it with two seconds left but his jumper over Terry Porter banged off the back of the rim. The Blazers went on to win 115-104 in overtime.

Second round Game 3 at Knicks, May 11, 1996
With the score tied at 88, Jordan then tried to gather an errant inbounds pass and threw up a wild hook shot while falling out of bounds well behind the 3-point line. He missed and the Bulls would go on to lose in overtime 102-99.

First round Game 3 at Bullets, April 30, 1997
With the Bulls trailing 95-94 with about 11 seconds left in the fourth, Jordan had his shot blocked by Tracy Murray. (It appeared Jordan lost the ball on the way up, but he was credited with a shot attempt nonetheless.) The ball bounced out to Scottie Pippen, who took the rebound in for a go-ahead “and one” dunk with seven seconds remaining. Though Pippen missed the ensuing free throw, the Bulls held on to win 96-95.

Finals Game 4 at Jazz, June 8, 1997
With the Bulls trailing 76-73, Jordan’s 3-point attempt bounced in and out with nine seconds left. The Bulls went on to lose 78-73.

Conference Finals Game 4 at Pacers, May 25, 1998
With the Bulls down 2 and 0.7 seconds left on the clock, Jordan caught an inbounds pass and shot a 3-pointer that rolled around and out at the buzzer. The Bulls lost 96-94.

Finals Game 5 vs. Jazz, June 12, 1998
Trailing by two with 0.8 seconds left, Jordan caught an inbounds pass and launched a fallaway desperation 3 that missed everything at the buzzer. The Bulls lost by a final score of 83-81.

202canesfan

Some of you Bloggers need to get a woman or men whatever is your preference. Maybe, just maybe that will stop all the stupidity and worthless crap you write each other.
Posted by: octavio de armas | 05/30/2014 at 06:17 AM
*****

ha ha ha!!

dunnelloncane

UM has owned Uf in football beating them 7 of last 8 and 12 of 15. They would rather play 3 non=conference patsies and Fsu every year for obvious reasons, rhey can't beat UM. UM wants home and home but cowardly Gators won't do it. Uf hasn't played a ranked non-conference team out of state since 1991! In the last few yrs UM has played home & home with ND, Oklahoma, Ohio St. and Kansas St, all ranked in top5-10 at the time. Nebraska this yr and ND next yr. Cowardly Gators should grow a pair! This yr Uf plays Idaho, Eastern Ky. and some other wuss.

I SPILLED A DRINK ON AARON HERNANDEZ

21-16

4-8 NO BOWL

PLAYERS BLOCK EACH OTHER IN GAMES

LOST AT HOME TO DIV2 GA SOUTHERN WHO LOST TO POWERHOUSE WOFFORD

5>3

WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE TURD TROLL?

blakesta

Biggest douche fans? Gaytors or jet fans?

u are u ... the new, "We Once Were" 21st. Cent[]_[]ry Notre Dame

Posted by: dunnelloncane | 05/30/2014 at 04:14 PM

The last 20 years ...

CONFERENCE & NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS...

GATORS - 7 SEC & 3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS !!!

u - 0 & 1 ... zero & one ... zip & one ... nada & []_[]no ...

u looose again ...

Best of the Best ...  GATORS & T.H.E.- S.E.C.

FILTHY RICH

The S.E.C. announced record revenue in 2013, as $309.6 million will be distributed amongst the 14 schools -- an average of $20.9 million per university. With the league introducing its own TV network this summer, that number could double next season.

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Mo MONEY Mo MONEY Mo MONEY Mo 'SHIPS Mo 'SHIPS Mo 'SHIPS

It's an S.E.C. Thang that []_[] simply could NEVER []_[]nderstand ...

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