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The end of the season
The Miami Heat's season closed on a whimper.
Just like the majority of its first-round playoff series, the Heat fought valiantly with the Philadelphia 76ers in the first half in Game 5 on Tuesday before going quietly into the night in the third quarter.
Final score from the Wells Fargo Center: Philadelphia 104, Miami 91.
Now that the game, the series and the season are in the rearview mirror (even if the sting is still felt in the present), the questions and decisions of a long offseason will now move to the forefront.
Will Dwyane Wade retire? The 36-year-old and the face of the Miami Heat franchise for oh so long just finished his 15th season in the league and very well could have finished out his farewell tour in Miami after being away for a year-and-a-half. That decision will come in due time, he says. And when he makes a decision one way or the other this summer, he'll be figuring it out on the golf course with teammate and friend Udonis Haslem.
Will this Hassan Whiteside fiasco ever be resolved? The Heat's $98 million center played just 77 minutes in the five-game series and recorded just 26 points, 30 rebounds and six blocks. He once again vented about his frustrations about lack of playing time. An offseason meeting with the higher-ups seems imminent.
Is a roster shakeup in the works? The Heat invested $153 million in long-term deals for James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson (along with $50 million for Kelly Olynyk), with the hope that last year’s 30-11 finish would be the harbinger of a 50-win season and a playoff run into mid-May or beyond. Instead, the Heat proved to be a middling team, barely above average, neither skilled enough nor consistent enough to land a top four seed, let alone beat the league’s bottom feeders consistently.
The summer should be interesting for Pat Riley and Co.
Dolphins in Depth podcast
Now that the Heat's season is over, however, the attention of South Florida sports fans can shift fully to the three-day NFL Draft that is quickly approaching. In one day, the Miami Dolphins and the rest of the league will embark on the three-day journey that is the draft, ready to add the new faces that could bolster or hinder their franchise for years to come.
For the Dolphins, who select 11th in the first round, the possibilities are seemingly endless. They could consider a quarterback if one of the top four falls to them. They could go arguably anywhere on the defense. They could trade back to stockpile picks. Or, they could surprise and take a skill position player (seems unlikely, but hey, nothing is guaranteed).
Dolphins writers Armando Salguero and Adam H. Beasley explore all these possibilities in our latest Dolphins In Depth Podcast.
In other NFL Draft news:
▪ A look at the draft prospects the Dolphins brought to team headquarters.
▪ Why Josh Rosen's draft stock could be dropping.
▪ Pompano Beach native and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson is ready to be a first-round pick.
▪ The Miami Hurricanes' sack leader was snubbed by the NFL Combine. He now awaits the draft.
The Miami Marlins won a baseball game Tuesday night.
J.T. Realmuto hit a home run, starter Dillon Peters gave up just 1 run in 5 1/3 innings of work and Cameron Maybin hit a go-ahead RBI double to lift Miami to a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Marlins are now 6-13 on the season, a game ahead of the Reds for the worst record in the league.
The Marlins close the three-game series with the Dodgers and, in turn, their 10-day, nine-game, three-city road swing at 7:35 p.m.Wednesday.
More news and notes
▪ For at least one more year, DeVante Parker is a Miami Dolphin.
▪ This Marlins pitcher is putting up eye-popping numbers. How long can it last?
▪ After being released from prison, Meek Mill rang the 76ers into their series-clinching win over the Heat.