Raptors star Kawhi Leonard finished the 2019 NBA Finals with averages of 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks, so it was no surprise he earned the Finals MVP trophy after leading Toronto to its first title in franchise history.What did come as a surprise? Leonard not receiving every Finals MVP vote. (Yes, you read that correctly.) To be clear, the Raptors needed VanVleet’s stellar play off the bench throughout this playoff run. He came up huge in the Eastern Conference finals against the Bucks, and he reached double-digit points in five of the six NBA Finals games against the Warriors.With that said, come on, Hubie. Sometimes the easy answer is the right one. Let’s explain this in your terms:”Now here’s a guy that can do it all. You see the scoring, the rebounding, the defense. There’s the drive, and then you have the jumper in the midrange. And how about that efficiency?! Just a terrific player. I mean, what else do you have to see from him?” MORE: Three reasons why the Raptors beat the WarriorsThe Athletic’s Sam Amick shared the results from the 11 voters, and legendary NBA analyst Hubie Brown decided to go with . . . Fred VanVleet.NBA Finals MVP voting results. Kawhi was a Hubie Brown vote away from being unanimous. pic.twitter.com/A0sGNchSBg— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 14, 2019VanVleet posted 14.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from 3-point range. He had a huge performance in the deciding Game 6 on Thursday night, scoring 22 points and drilling five of his 11 3-point attempts.
Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron laid to rest the ghost of a painful defeat with a gutsy stand when it mattered the most.Refusing to wilt under pressure from a determined foe, Petron hammered out a 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 victory over F2 Logistics Saturday to bag the Chooks To Go-PSL Grand Prix crown at Smart Araneta Coliseum, ensuring no repeat of the fall that was always at the back of their minds.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I felt very scared that it might happen again; that’s the truth,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos in Filipino.“It” was the collapse the Blaze Spikers suffered in last season’s edition of this tournament, where they came to within a whiff of the crown only to crumble amid a gutsy rally by the Cargo Movers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAlthough F2 Logistics tried to repeat that dramatic rally, Petron would have none of it this time around.“We had a serious talk with the coaches and players; we had a little vow to each other and in the end it’s fate,” added delos Santos. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC GALLERY: Petron gets back at F2 Logistics for PSL championship Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments LATEST STORIES Remy Palma added 10 points for Petron.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Petron captured its fourth title in the league as imports Katherine Bell and Lindsay Stalzer came out firing from the start. But more importantly, the Blaze Spikers regained the upper hand in their budding rivalry with the Cargo Movers, which has been raging the past three straight conferences.The Cargo Movers came alive after falling behind by two sets, but Bell, Stalzer and the rest of the Blaze Spikers started hard in the fourth set to set the tone for the title-clincher.“We had a great series. There were some rough times but it was a fun, fun finals,” said Bell, who finished with 28 points.Stalzer wound up winning the conference MVP trophy.“Tonight I don’t feel like I deserve it, my team deserves that honor,” said Stalzer, who fired 24 points.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’