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April 23, 2013

Wade, Birdman lift Heat as champs seize 2-0 series lead; plus my NFL Mock Draft, your vote for Dolphins' 1st-round pick (w/ poll), new Bosh film & more


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1aa1dolnew1) It is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24. New Dolphins uniforms (left) equal much ado about very little. Apart from the apparent disappearance of the color orange they don't seem that new/different. 2) R.I.P., the great protest singer Richie Havens (right). 3)
"Stay white, Miami!" --Micky Arison, 2006. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Five reasons Game 1 should leave Heat fans cockier than ever, new Heat song, biggest-threat poll, lists. 5) Join us on Twitter @agregcote.

G2: HEAT 98, BUCKS 86: WADE'S 21 LIFTS MIAMI TO 2-0 LEAD: D-Wade's 21 points and LeBron's 19 were enough last night, with Chris Bosh, Bird Andersen and Shane Battier all adding 10. Dwyane's right knee still isn't just right but he's playing through it. Click on Wade Summons Some Vintage Moments for my column off Game 2. Oh, and Dear Brandon Jennings: How's that prediction looking!? (The Bucks guard had guaranteed Milwaukee in six games). "If it wasn't for their run in their fourth quarter," said Jennings, "we still should have won this game." The word is "delusional." ..... Original post: Game 1s in a seven-game series always are the feeling-out stage. What is each team's game plan? What's the rotation? "Game 2s are always harder," Dwyane Wade said after after today's morning shootaround. "We understand they're going to make adjustment and we have to be ready." That means Erik Spoelstra's imprint on the series gets a little bigger starting tonight. Bracketheads love the one-and-done of the NCAA Tournament -- they don't just love it, they rhapsodize over it -- but I prefer a seven-game format because who advances is a truer reflection of the better, more deserving team. Also love a long series because the complexion of it changes with each result. For example: Can you imagine how differently things would feel if Miami lost tonight and was 1-1 facing two straight games in Milwaukee? Yeah, I can't seem to imagine that, either...

1aa1boshfilm'New Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse!': We brought you the first bizarre little Bosh animated film several months ago. Well, a new one has been issued. Click RIGHT HERE to view. It includes a reference to the Miami cannibal face-eater, but that's not my warning. This is: The 11-minute film is so damned trippy that it probably would be best appreciated while floating on a '70s-style mushroom cloud. (Not that I'm endorsing that).

1aa1mymockOUR 2013 NFL MOCK DRAFT: EIFERT TO DOLPHINS: It's our 22nd annual Mock, suggesting an expertise that may or may not be there, although my mock did prove more accurate than Mel Kiper's last year. (Self-depracation plus boasting = Humblebrag). Click on '13 MOCK for my entire first round with capsule analysis for each choice. Here is my Dolphins pick in its entirety:

12. MIAMI DOLPHINS: TYLER EIFERT, TE, NOTRE DAME —So many hedges and caveats trying to divine this pick. Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes might be the safest, most predictable call. And Alabama RT D.J. Fluker also looms 1aa1eifertpossible. I might go Rhodes or Fluker if I wanted the safest bet. A trade-up to grab LT Lane Johnson or even Eric Fisher is possible; Miami has the ammo to go movin’ on up like The Jeffersons. Even a trade-down would not shock. (Much depends on whether the Dolphins complete a predraft deal to acquire chiefs OT Branden Albert.) I have a hunch about Eifert, though. Twelve is higher than his typical projection, but I am told GM Jeff Ireland and coach Joe Philbin are enchanted by Eifert (pictured), seeing in him what the Patriots have in Rob Gronkowski — somebody who can wreak havoc in the red zone and continue giving Ryan Tannehill all he needs to make it big. Eifert is too tall (6-6) for DBs to cover and too fast for most linebackers. If this choice is a bit of a “reach,” it’s a calculated gamble that could hit big for the Dolphins.

OK, now it's your turn: Whose name announced with the 12th pick Thursday night would please you most to hear assuming Miami does not trade up or down? A consensus of most major mock drafts is that it will be Rhodes. I have Eifert. Kiper says Fluker, whose inclusion in the poll presumes a trade for Chiefs tackle Branden Albert will not be completed pre-draft. Obviously plenty of other guys will be available at 12 so I have a "somebody else" category. In voting somebody else, though, please make sure you are thinking of someone who would realistically be available and tell us who. Alright. Ready, set ... vote!

HERE IS A LUNATIC LIST OF ALL 11 GUYS DOLPHINS WILL DRAFT: You'd click on predictionmachine.com for picks on the entire 7-round draft. I list their guesses for Miami's 11 picks here, and call it  a lunatic list with all due respect, of course. Here are their Dolphins picks: 1st round (12th overall)--Utah DT Star Lotulelei; 2r (42)--LSU DE Sam Montgomery; 2r (54)--Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer; 3r (77)--Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor; 3r (82)--Tennessee OT-G Dallas Thomas; 4r (111)--Alabama S Robert Lester; 5r (146)--UCLA OG Jeff Baca; 5r (166)--Tennessee WR Justin Hunter; 7r (217)--Georgia Tech CB Rod Sweeting; 7r (224)--Georgia S Shawn Williams; and 7r (250)--Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen. Two respects to highly suspect this list: They have Oregon's Dion Jordan going late in the third round and LSU's Barkevious Mingo going mid-fifth. Both are certain 1st-rounders, Jordan likely top-five overall and Mingo not far behind.

Poll result: Thunder still biggest threat to Heat: We asked and you had to 39.1 percent Oklahoma City, 28.3% New York Knicks, 19.9% San Antonio Spurs and 12.7% somebody else.

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