Welcome to Bulletin Board Material, the Miami Herald’s weekday roundup covering everything in the South Florida sports scene. A lot to recap. Let’s get right to it.
Heat's playoff picture
The Miami Heat closed out the regular season with a win behind a record-setting performance from one of its best players off the bench. As a reward, the Heat will open the playoffs against the hottest team in the league.
Miami's 116-109 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, coupled with a Milwaukee Bucks loss, pushed the Heat to the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference standings to set up a first-round matchup with the No. 3 seed Philadelphia 76ers.
Wayne Ellington led the way on Wednesday with a career-high 32 points. His eight three-pointers reset the Heat's single-season record for most threes in a season (227).
Now, it's a best-of-7 series with the 76ers, who have won their last 15 games by an average of 15 points each. Heat players said they're up to the challenge.
"Streaks are meant to be broken, right?" Ellington said.
The series begins Saturday. A full breakdown of the NBA's first-round schedule can be found here.
From No-No to oh no
Jarlin Garcia set the stage to make his first Major League start against the New York Mets on Wednesday a memorable one.
After six no-hit innings, his only blemishes a pair of walks, and with a one-run lead, it looked possible he would go out in style — with his family in the stands to see his dominant performance, no less.
And then Don Mattingly went to the bullpen. The rest is history — and not in the good way.
The no-hitter was gone before the seventh inning came to an end. The shutout and the lead gone by the eighth.
By game's end, Miami had lost yet again. Final score: Mets 4, Marlins 1
The Marlins now drop to 3-9. After an off day Thursday, Miami begins a three-game home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m. on Friday.
The latest draft buzz
The Miami Dolphins are certainly leaving no stone unturned when it comes to options for their first-round pick in the NFL Draft.
The latest prospect expected to make a visit to Dolphins headquarters: Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.
Allen is part of the quarterback quartet expected to all potential go in the top 10, the others being UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. The Dolphins have already worked out Rosen and Mayfield.
The Dolphins also have their eyes on several running backs who could be taken at various points in the draft at the end of the month, notably San Diego State's Rashaad Penny, Georgia's Sony Michel (an Plantation American Heritage grad) and LSU's Derrius Guice.
Hurricane position change
When the Miami Hurricanes hit the field at Hard Rock Stadium at 6 p.m. Saturday for their annual spring game, all eyes will be directed at the quarterback.
But the astute fan should be paying close attention to the five players directly in front of him.
Regardless of who coach Mark Richt names the starting quarterback — whether it’s front-runner Malik Rosier or fellow signal callers N’Kosi Perry, Jarren Williams or Cade Weldon — the quarterback stands no match for opposing defenses if the offensive line can’t give him enough time to make a play.
Which is why Richt moved sophomore-to-be Navaughn Donaldson, who started 10 games and was an All-ACC honorable mention, from right guard to right tackle. Richt indicated Wednesday there’s a good chance Donaldson doesn’t move back.
More news and notes
▪ The Miami Dolphins' preseason schedule is out. See who they're playing here.
▪ The Dolphins added to their linebacker depth with their latest free agency signing.
▪ What was the best moment from the Heat's regular season? Take your pick.