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April 26, 2014

G3: Heat 98, Charlotte 85: LeBron's 30 has fired-up Miami 3-0; plus Heat 3 Stars & 3 Sunday reflections (on defense, discipline, Donald Sterling)

1) It is SUNDAY, APRIL 27. Click on Random Evidence for today's Sunday notes-column package, leading with Heat-Bobcats. 2) Click on The Perfect Quarterback for our latest column, a farewell to Earl Morrall. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Earl Morrall dead at 79, Dolphins schedule and poll, Heat angry over McMuggerts, Miami Corporate Run, FIU sand volleyball, Springsteen & more. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote.

SUNDAY REFLECTIONS ON HEAT'S VICTORY: I'd offer three thoughts sitting over a Sunday morning cup of java:

1. A reminder of the bedrock of the Heat's strength: This was the best the Heat has looked to me in a long time, especially on the road. Let there be no doubt any more who the best team in the Eastern Conference is, and remains. The entire NBA playoffs are a muddled, competitive scrum ... except for Miami sitting pretty at 3-0. The Heat is awfully tough to beat when they're in the mood to bring their A-effort defensively, as they did last night. That is the foundation of this team's power. LeBron James is the engine. But defense is where it all starts. "Our defense was phenomenal," said Dwyane Wade. That is not a word tossed around this lockerroom casually. Phenomenal. And LeBron of course continues to be just that, and to make excellence routine. Last night was the 18th playoff game in his career with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, the most ever.

2. A veteran team shows discipline, focus: Viscerally the Heat wanted to floor Charlotte's Josh McRoberts last night with payback for his flagrant foul to the neck of LeBron in Game 2. Udonis Haslem would have loved the assignment. But give coach Erik Spoelstra credit here. He directed the team to offer its payback on the scoreboard. That was smart, and classy, befitting a champion.

3. LeBron's stand on Donald Sterling: Before James impressed on the hardwood last night, he impressed in the pregame lockerroom, blasting L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for the racist comments attributed to him. "There is no room for Donald Sterling in our league," James said, among other amplifications. Usually, the bigger the stars the less the outspokenness because big-paying sponsors don't like controversy. Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods toed this line their entire careers. Last night James impressed by speaking as a man, a black man but first just a right-thinking man, not speaking as a corporate brand. That the NBA -- of all leagues -- would have a racist owner is reprehensible, a crisis for the league, and good for LeBron giving voice to that.

G3: HEAT 98, CHARLOTTE 85: MIAMI DELIVERS PAYBACK NOT WITH ELBOWS, BUT WITH DOMINANCE: Plenty of folks including me thought Miami (likely enforcer Udonis Haslem) would exact retribution last night on Charlotte's Josh McRoberts for his Game 2 flagrant foul against LeBron James. We were wrong. No physical payback. Just another kind: Dominance. Miami led by as many as 26 last night before coasting to a comfortable win and an even more comfortable 3-0 series lead heading to Game 4 back in Charlotte Monday night. In the history of the NBA 108 teams have held a 3-0 series lead. Here is how many of those 108 teams went on to win the series: All 108. The only drama left in this series is whether Monday's Charlotte funeral game completes the sweep, or whether it ends the following game back in Miami. Heat 3 Stars: 1. LeBron James (30 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists); 2. Dwyane Wade (17 points, 6 assists after not scoring until middle of second quarter); 3. Chris Andersen (12 points, 7 rebounds and a bench spark from Birdman).

Heat Postseason MVP Standings (through 3 games): Entering Game 4 on Monday: LeBron James 8 points, Dwyane Wade 6, Chris Bosh 2, Chris Andersen 1, James Jones 1. (We name 'Heat 3 Stars' every game and award points on 3-2-1 basis).

LIVE BLOG ON HEAT GAME 3: 4th Quarter: MIA subs including Battier in with 2:04 left. Game time. ..... LeBron hits 30-point mark. ..... CHA on 14-5 run, within 14. ..... Miami with 26 assists. Ball movement has been great. ..... Commissioner Adam Silver on NBATV talking about Donald Sterling issue. Sounds like league will come down on him like Heat is coming down on Bobcats tonight. /// 3rd Quarter: Heat up 86-66 after 3Q. ..... Walter Brennan with first FG since first quarter. ..... CHA timeout and in a 79-53 hole. LeBron roaring with 24. ..... McRoberts mugs LeBron again, shouldering into him on a breakaway. Could have been called a flagrant or a clear-path but was called neither. ..... James steal and tomahawk jam, looks right at Michael Jordan as he freight-trains to basket. ..... Wade still only 6 points on 3-9 shooting. ..... LeBron with 18, Heat up by 16. ..... Bosh rejects Jefferson. ..... Bobcats arena sounding very quiet right now. /// Halftime: Turned up defensive intensity turned this game Miami's way. LeBron has 16 points fueled by 7-8 on FTs. MIA 6-8 on 3's also is big. Need more from Wade (6 points). For CHA, Jefferson has 17 on 7-10 shooting. Bobcats otherwise are 10-28 shooting. Defend Jefferson better and B-cats have no chance. /// 2nd Quarter:  Heat up 58-46 at half with a 35-point 2nd quarter. ..... CHA has no shot when Walter Brennan Jefferson isn't in game. ..... We want Bismack Biyombo! ..... MIA 6-7 on 3's, back up. ..... Prince's hairdresser with breakaway layup. ..... Wade first points mid-quarter. ..... Bird hard foul on McRoberts, but not flagrant. Still early, but, could it be there might be no payback for McMuggerts? ..... Douglas-Roberts looks like he might be cast as Prince's personal hairdresser. ..... Allen big 3, has five straight points. It's what Heat needs from bench. /// 1st Quarter: Bobcats win 1Q by 27-23, shooting 56% to MIA's 34%. ..... Jefferson en fuego for 7-0 CHA run, has 15 points in 1Q. ..... Heat first lead at 19-18 on pair of Bird FTs. ..... MIA within 18-17 on 6-point run; CHA timeout. ..... LeBron rejected by Zeller, makes amends with a 3. ..... Credit Jefferson for playing while moving like Walter Brennan in 'The Real McCoys'. ..... CHA 7-11 FGs early, MIA only 5-15. ..... Boom! LeBron hard driving basket over a fouling McRoberts. That isn't payback yet, but it's a start. ..... Haslem two early fouls. ..... Michael Jordan's giant loop earring in the left lobe makes him look like a fey pirate. ..... Mavs beat Spurs on ancient Vince Carter buzzer-beater, lead series 2-1. ..... McRoberts looks like Jesus, fouls like Satan. ..... Heat 0-for-5 to start game before Chalmers layup. /// Preamble: Cannot confirm that Udonis Haslem has just been assessed a flagrant foul during pregame warmups for what he's thinking of doing to Josh McRoberts tonight. ..... Racist comments attributed to the L.A. Clippers owner have been a pregame topic and the Heat are pulling no punches. "There is no room for Donald Sterling in our league," said LeBron James.

G3: HEAT @ CHARLOTTE: MIAMI HAS TWO THINGS ON ITS MIND TONIGHT: Original post: The main imperative is to win, sure. The difference between a 3-0 Miami series lead and 2-1 is huge. At 3-0 the thing is effectively

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1aa1aheatchag3over. At 2-1, with Game 4 back in Charlotte Monday, there is an infusion of drama in this first-round NBA playoff series and maybe even a smidgen of doubt. For me, though, who wins tonight won't be as much fun to watch as the other thing on Miami's mind: Retribution. Coach Erik Spoelstra can talk all he wants that there will be none of that; it's what he has to say. But 1aa1ahaslemuJosh McRoberts' flagrant foul against LeBron James in Game 2 -- that hard forearm to the throat -- is very much on the Heat's mind tonight. McMuggerts was fined $20,000 by the league (a piddling) but not suspended as he should have been. And I will be surprised -- no, shocked, -- if McRoberts is not on the receiving end of some mayhem tonight. Enter Udonis Haslem (pictured), the team's warrior-enforcer. Will it be an "accidental" elbow to the ear? A forearm to the neck? When will it occur? Join us here toght for a live blog on the fight game. Should be delicious.

Poll result: Opener vs. Pats is Dolphins' sexiest home game: We asked and your answer was no surprise. The Sept. 7 season opener vs. New England was the best-home-game choice of 56.5 percent. Second place was a surprise, though, at least to me, with the Oct. 12 visit by Green Bay beating the Dec. 28 season-ender vs. the Jets, 23.5% to 12.9%. The other five home games shared the crumbs.

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As Mr. Woodcock, he's just full of it, but as Professor Woodcock, he is brilliant:

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/04/26/Former-NASA-Scientist-Global-Warming-is-Nonsense

Good thing thing Josh McRoberts is not named Meta McRoberts or he would have been fined 1 mil and suspended till 2073.

That scientist doesn't even know how old the earth is.

Hard foul?!

Nah, this is a hard foul:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jgqUZ1IAA_8

Chit...there are no hard fouls in todays NBA....certainly not like the one McHale did on Kurt Rambis back in the day...

So global warming is a myth?... Ok then.

Oh my!!!

The Seahawks hired Jeff Ireland to do consulting work for their upcomg draft. Wow, are they f****d.

Laker fans have always known that Donald Sterling was an a** hole. Now Clipper fans, as well as the rest of the world now know it too.

OC I think the Seahawks hiring Ireland is pure genius. Just like with stocks you don't have to pick a winning stock to win. Pick a loser and short it and you make money. Think about how good it would be to have someone who is always wrong. That's even better than someome is is only right 50% of the time. Ireland picks losers and the Seahawks do the equivalent of shorting the pick. Said another way, whatever Ireland recommends they go a different direction.

Pure genius by the Seahawks.

Ireland is always wrong?.... Ok then...

Donald Sterling=asswipe

yeah, FZB.. the most successful team in the NFL just hired ireland.
i guess pete carroll is an idiot too? lol..

The Seahawks GM and Ireland are friends from way back. The guy threw Ireland a consulting bone. Sheesh don't ou guys read anything?

So who drafted Tannehill, Pouncey, Miller, Clay, Matt Moore, Vernon..etc..etc..the back stabbing bitch?

Look guys, Seattle is currently the most successful organization in the NFL , they are very good and know what they are doing...if they hired Ireland is because they know the guy is a good talent evaluator...he may have his shortcomings as a people person but the guy is indeed a good talent evaluator...oh I know you guys think the guy is dirt but not me..I happen to think most of our problems were coaching related...clueless Joe has no business being a HC in the NFL...he sucks.

Was it Ireland's fault our coaches failed to make adjustments trough out the year both offensively and defensibly?...you guys think you know football but you don't know jack.

Good win by the Heat tonight...they need to sweep this team so they can get some extra days off...Brooklyn will be tough.


Miller? Moore? pretty pathetic when those are the GMs highlights.

nuff said.

a friend threw the poor bastard a bone. end of story,

From NBC Sports

Ireland didn’t exactly cover himself in glory during the six drafts for which he was G.M. of the Dolphins, but the well-regarded Seahawks General Manager John Schneider apparently thinks Ireland has something to contribute. And Ireland surely jumped at the chance to leave behind his disappointing tenure in Miami and work for the Super Bowl champions in Seattle.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/26/seahawks-hire-jeff-ireland-as-draft-consultant/

From NFL.com

Ireland ran the Dolphins' front office from 2008 through 2013, failing to win a single playoff game while often whiffing on second- and third-round draft picks.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000344651/article/exdolphins-gm-jeff-ireland-joining-seattle-seahawks

Real life following a script. Even Kevin Costner got the Seahawks to take a stiff.

Pete Carroll: I could sure use that OG from UCLA, Xavier Su'a-Filo

John Schneider: guys, I like Brandin Cook, the WR from Oregon State

Jeff Ireland: ♬ I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts, there they all standing in a row...

Ireland is long gone ( and yes I agree with it. ) but yet you guys still don't see the problem with this team...clueless Joe.

FZB

Julia Child could do nothing more than make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich if the only thing in the cupboard was bread, peanut butter and jelly. Thus, it would be impossible to tell if she is truly a good chef. The Dolphins cupboard was bare at OL, RB, and LB. It was impossible last year to tell if Joe is a good coach or not.

You may be right that he sucks. But he was dealt a bad hand last year by Ireland and deserves an opportunity to prove himself with a decent roster.

FZB,
Drafting up for an injured DE-LB tweener & employing an offensive line that would struggle in the PAC 10 is Philbins fault? OK then.

MAGIC JOHNSON SAYS DONALD STERLING'S A "BLACK EYE"!!!!

a slap in the face to the color black!!! promoting the idea that black is injurious- the league needs to investigate!!!! immediately!!!!

TO: the(real dave) in los angeles,

i am doing teshuvah for having boycottted you and your posts after reading that you are in the legion of "little feat" fans. i don't think that many of our blogmates are familiar with what might be THE GREATEST american rock band, headed by the incredible songwriter, singer, guitarist (mostly playing slide with his sears 11/16 socket- what a sound!!) you ccan attest to their musicianship, i can only say what they played, wrote and sang was the zenith of american rock and roll. first two albums were full of great songs, but it wasn;t until paul barrere and kenny gradney joined the band that tney took off-as much as they did. first saw them in 1974- second of two shows at the now flea market that sed to the fox venice theater. just standing outside kistening to the fdirst set through the walls was electric; seeing them in the topanga corral, the roxy or any of the small venues they played here while playing wembley in england shows the sophistication level of the europeans. they rocked every country in europe while going unnoticed here except for mick jagger and jimmy page, who were quoted as saying that little feat was their favorite group. while america was transfixed with the music of bruce springsteen (UGGH) little feat went unnoticed pretty much, except for a small core of devotees. it was a dark day when my brother informed me that we weren't going to see them because lowell had ODed in washington. as he prophesised- "don't give me a speedball- might die trying', which he did.

Notice how not one single player stepped up for Jeff ....players just don't like that dude...glad he went to Seattle far away from Miami..Seahawks will go from sugar to s%&t asap with Jeff within 1000 miles of your football players and facilities

"you guys think you know football but you don't know jack."

So bitter over how wrong you were for so long that you're not even a Dolphins fan anymore.

He,he,he..

Jimbo...I do agree that Ireland made some bad decisions and HE HAD TO GO, contrary to what you guys think I'm ok with his firing but why the honeymoon with Philbin?.. in his short time as a HC he has done nothing..

And pathetic...me bitter?... How little do you know me, I'm the happiest go lucky guy in the world ..and a Dolphins fan to the end...will be rooting for my boys come Sept...no matter how bad our coaching ...

U were Philbin's biggest fan before Ireland was fired. Just bitter that you were exposed as an idiot who was completely wrong about Ireland so now you hate on the Dolphins and their coach to desperately hang on to any credibility you had left.

Well you have no credibility, Ireland was the problem and the Dolphins will keep getting better and better now that he's gone and you're going to look dumber and dumber for continuing to hate on Miami.

hey asswipe..I'm rooting for Philbin to prove me wrong.

in his defense he sure had the Dolphins ready to play coming off the bye week last season and those last two games of the year eh?, not to mention he really had a handle on his locker room..

yup..

ireland is still what he was: a GM who, when taking over the team, had no draft pics or cap room.
he fixed both those issues and plugged many holes on the team.
he had successes, (clay, vernon, pouncey, NOT going after flynn or orton), and he had failures like any other GM.
the jury is out on last year's picks as well.
we are in a better place now, than when parcells handed him the keys.

shadow, little feat were an interesting band.
many friends here thought they were from west virginia or something, not knowing that lowell george and paul barerre both went to hollywood high.
LA born and raised, with george actually being hollywood royalty, as his father was a furrier to the stars of the 30's and 40's and he also supplied them to the studios as well.
his solo record is among my favorites, with 20 million things to do, and find me a river being among my favorite songs..

I love my Little Feet!

STERLING POSTED!! CONDEMNS ISRAELI SOCIETY! EXPOSES HIMSELF AS A REAL DOLT!!

this girlfriend is not much upstairs!! conversation devolves into the "holocaust!! jim1ny creepers!!

http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/27/donald-sterling-new-audio-released-clippers-black-people/?adid=hero1

the (real) david in los angeles,

i couldn't listen to "thanks i'll it it here after lowell's passing, as i found "china white" to be seriously depressing and a harbinger of things to come, sadly enough. when we saw little feat at the topanga corral, lowell was seriously bloated from frug use and had to take 15-20 breaks during the playing of "day at the dog races to get "rejuvenated". ".44 blues" hit me strongly as howlin wolf was my favorite bluesman with the incredible hubert sumlin playing the "staccato" guitar that robbie robertson admits to borrowing. lowell george had the missle name of thomas, so that "lowell thomas" george was named after the famous supplier of the movietone news that played in theatres between the movies. also, lowell can be seen in an episode of "f troop" where he was a member of a band calle "the bedbugs". lowell was the greatest singer. songwriter, musician (bob dylan and smokey robinson could write and smoky could really sing) but nobody could combine those two talents with playing the axe like the man with the sears 11/16' socket instead of a botttleneck. can't believe that is almost 40 years since his passing.

i've worked with some guys in his touring band; that stories are pretty insane, especially that last night..
he was amazing, to be sure, but there are a few american cats that could write AND play, jimi, lowell, stevie wonder, prince and allen toussaint, (a real gentleman, by the way).

joni mitchell, (her mid to later songs were insane, using chords she didn't even know she was using), is one of my favorite writers, along with sly stone, neil young, issiac hays and dave porter, (songwriters for sam and dave and stax), marvin gaye, jackson browne, (who i worked with; brilliant dude), brian wilson and so many others, and that's just the americans..

She looks like a Thai tranny

the (real) dave,

i guess lowell had an intersting relationship with allen tousaint- using "on the way down" on one album and i think aiding and abetting robert palmer on 'sneakin sally through the alley" and "pressure drop" which i think came afterward. the girl on the cover of robert palmer's second album had the most beautiful figure and legs ever, and i imagine she looked just as good from the front.

RIP, jack ramsay

besides being the most listenable color man on any tv/radio broadcast and a coach of immense achievement, he was the coach of my favorite NBA team of all-time, the 76-77 trailblazers. team loaded with talent- maybe not as much as the 76ers whom they defeated- but bobby gross, dave twardzik, lloyd neal, johnny davis,herm (the trickster) gilliam and the rest of the supporting cast comprised an awesome bunch. as stated, methinks that philadelphia had more talent but the blazers that one year when a young walton was healthy and had maurice lucas at his side were just more cohesive than the star laden sixers- dr. j, george mcginnis, steve mix, doug collins, lloyd free, and maurice cheeks (i think).

NO MAURICE CHEEKS ON 76-77 SIXERS:

the memory was a little shaky; i knew andrew toney wasn't on that team until a couple of years later, and mo cheeks didn't arrive until the 8 season. the other guard starting with "world b." free was henry bibby, one of the quickest guys ever. unfortunately, he left his jump shot in pauley pavillion his sophomore season and went down frm there. but he was a decent enough ballhandler and defender to stay in the leagu for almost ten years:

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bibbyhe01.html

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