NBA Finals: Heat one of three teams to rally from 2-0 hole

If LeBron James is look for reason to believe the Cavaliers still have a chance, he can start by asking his buddy Dwyane Wade. (Getty Images)
If LeBron James is look for reason to believe the Cavaliers still have a chance, he can start by asking his buddy Dwyane Wade. (Getty Images)

LeBron James and the Cavaliers look just about done after dropping the first two game of the NBA Finals by a total of 48 points. It’s reasonable to count them out given that only three teams in league history have rallied from down 2-0.

One of those, the most recent, was the Heat in 2006.
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The Post’s NBA ballot: Stephen Curry for MVP

Curry or Leonard for MVP? (Getty Images)
Curry or Leonard for MVP? (Getty Images)

The NBA MVP award is one of the toughest to pick, even in a year when Stephen Curry lit it up like he did this season.

The voting was announced this morning, and Curry became the first unanimous winner in league history. Here is The Palm Beach Post’s MVP ballot:

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The Post’s NBA ballot: Sixth Man Award

Andre Iguodala was the premiere bench player in the league this year. (Getty Images)
Andre Iguodala was the premiere bench player in the league this year. (Getty Images)

The sixth man can be a game-changer for NBA teams, and there were several starting-caliber threats coming off the bench this season.

The Palm Beach Post had a vote in this year’s Sixth Man Award, and here were the picks:

1. Andre Iguodala, Golden State
2. Ryan Anderson, New Orleans
3. Will Barton, Denver

Iguodala averaged 27 minutes per game off the bench for the Warriors this year and was part of the deadliest lineup in the game. He is a lockdown defender with the versatility to play multiple positions at both ends of the court and would be a starter on most teams.

His averages of seven points, four rebounds and 3.4 assists per game are nothing spectacular, but he shot 47.8 percent from the field and 35.1 percent on 3-pointers. He averaged a plus/minus of plus-7.0 per game this year.

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NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting: Hassan Whiteside 3rd

Hassan Whiteside finished 3rd in DPOY voting. (Getty Images)
Hassan Whiteside finished 3rd in DPOY voting. (Getty Images)

Hassan Whiteside set NBA Defensive Player of the Year as his target coming into this season, a goal encouraged by the Heat‘s only winner of that award, Alonzo Mourning. He came close, but Kawhi Leonard won the vote for the second consecutive year.
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Does Dwyane Wade want the Golden State Warriors to get to 73 wins?

Is Dwyane Wade rooting for the Golden State Warriors to overtake the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the best regular-season record in NBA history?

Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat at ORACLE Arena on January 11, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat at ORACLE Arena on January 11, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

“Root? I’m not rooting,” Wade said. “I’ll watch and if they break the record, that’s amazing. … But I don’t really root for too many other teams.” Continue reading “Does Dwyane Wade want the Golden State Warriors to get to 73 wins?”