Welcome to Bulletin Board Material, the Miami Herald’s weekday roundup covering everything in the South Florida sports scene. A lot to discuss. Let’s get right to it.
Heat's playoff hopes
The Miami Heat opens the 2018 NBA Playoffs as an underdog — a heavy underdog. Bovada lists the Heat's odds of winning the NBA Championship at 125-1, the worst among the 16 teams in the field. What's more? Miami has to open against arguably the hottest team in the league in the Philadelphia 76ers, winners of their last 16 games.
If the Heat wants to pull off the first-round upset, it will have to utilize the one aspect of the game where it has a clear advantage: Experience.
The Heat doesn't have that flashy superstar who can dominate a game from start to finish. Rather, Miami is led by Goran Dragic, almost 32, in the starting lineup and Dwyane Wade, 36, off the bench. Hassan Whiteside is seen as young because he bloomed late and doesn't always lead the league in maturity, but even he is almost 29. Coach Erik Spoelstra is a master at flexing his deep bench suited to particular opponents. Spoelstra vs. 76ers coach Brett Brown, making his postseason debut, figures as a distinct edge for Miami in the opening round.
Will that work in the Heat's favor? We'll find out soon.
Tipoff for Game 1 of the best-of-7 series is at 8 p.m.Saturday from Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.
New Dolphins podcast
It's the age-defying question of the offseason for NFL fans in South Florida: Who are the Miami Dolphins going to take with the No. 11 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft?
Our Armando Salguero and Adam H. Beasley discuss that, the Dolphins' offseason as a whole and the frigid November and December odyssey awaiting the franchise in the 2018 season in their first of many podcasts. Listen to "Dolphins in Depth" here.
Inside the Hurricanes indoor practice facility
It's an 83,000 square-foot, $34 million behemoth resting on the Miami Hurricanes' practice fields.
Come August, just in time for fall football practice, the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility should be completely finished, ready for the Hurricanes to use for the season.
The air-conditioned facility will have two fields, one 80 yards long and the other 40 yards, the smaller field underneath the mezzanine where coach Mark Richt’s office will be.
More news and notes
▪ The Miami Dolphins brought this top free agent safety in for a visit
▪ Meet the sledgehammer-swinging Wyoming Wildman who might make Miami forget about Suh
▪ Why Don Mattingly pulled the plug on Jarlin Garcia during a no-hitter.
▪ Hurricanes added a new defensive position. Here's what it involves and who's playing it.