Heat winning streak hits new medium
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Heat can’t lose.
Even before their drubbing of the Orlando Magic, the Heat already had won Monday night. USA TODAY Sports’ NBA power rankings came back unanimous: The Heat are No. 1 in the hearts and minds of the voters. Twenty-six consecutive wins will do that, even if the votes were in before the 27th.
The other top teams had to fall in line. They weren’t passing the Heat, at least not with our seven-man voting panel of USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick, Adi Joseph, Kevin Spain and Jeff Zillgitt; Hoopsworld.com’s Lang Greene and Steve Kyler; and Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis.
Here’s the top five (points on a 30-29-28-etc. scale):
The Heat might seem like a foregone conclusion at No. 1, but they don’t even measure up to their MVP candidate. “Candidate” might not be the right word at this point. Just give the man his award, his fourth in five years. Here’s our top five for MVP (points on a 7-5-3-2-1 scale):
Also receiving votes were the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (four points), the Heat’s Dwyane Wade (two) and the Spurs’ Tim Duncan (two).
Finally, the one race that has been sealed up even longer than MVP. Here’s the top three for rookie of the year (points on a 5-3-1 scale):
Also receiving votes were the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dion Waiters (two points), Orlando Magic’s Maurice Harkless (one) and Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond (one).
So how did we do? Let us know in the comments.