Producer of the Wes McElroy Show from 3pm - 6pm
Jesse has been with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment since 2010. He considers himself a Richmond transplant as he has lived in the River City for over 10 years now but grew up in the Western Maryland area. Deciding to attend VCU he studied Broadcast Journalism and English while spending time working at radio stations WVCW and WRIR. Jesse is currently the producer for the Wes McElroy Show as well as other shows for Sports Radio 910. Being from the Maryland area he is a diehard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Capitals. Besides his work at Sports Radio 910 he also writes a blog for VCU basketball’s radio website.
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In what will probably be the most watched NBA game of the season, it may also be its finale. Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Spurs and the Heat could produce a result for the series that not that many predicted. Before it started I want to say about 70% of the media pick the Heat to win it all. The series so far has been a battle with both teams leaving everything they have on the court, but even with that Game 1 has been the only single-digit win. This game could not be any more important for the legacy of Lebron James and the Big 3 in South Beach. There’s a lot of speculation that this could be one of the last seasons the three play together, due to salary cap issues and Lebron possibly opting out of the last 2 years of his contract. The trio has seen an almost 2006 version of Dwayne Wade the last couple games, after a knee injury has left him virtually invisible throughout the playoffs. Also the Heat will look to see if Chris Bosh can remember that he has a top-notch inside game and stop shooting so many elbow jumpers. This is a team that won 27 in a row during the regular season and is now faced with the task of winning back-to-back games en route to another championship. But remember Miami was in this same position back in 2011 against the Mavericks and we all know how that ended.
For San Antonio it’s all about closing it out in Game 6 and not having to play a Game 7 in Miami. The Spurs’ Big 3 could be on their last leg as well but mainly due to age. With the Spurs though, it’s been all about their role players. Guys like Gary Neal, Towson Alum, and Danny Green have come completely out of nowhere and Miami has yet to have an answer for them. Green, who was cut twice by the Spurs in the offseason, recently broke the NBA Finals 3-pointers made record and with a San Antonio series win will likely win the Finals MVP award. Also Manu Ginobili got his first start of the season in Game 5 and snapped his playoff slump and played like the Manu we all love. San Antonio will need to click on all cylinders as they go for 5-0 in NBA Finals keeping pace with Chicago and their 6-0 record in the NBA’s season finale. Game 6 should be a lot of fun to watch because I feel it’s going to be like watching two heavyweight fighters trying to get their last shot at the title.
My prediction: I feel there are more questions surrounding Miami’s role players than San Antonio’s. While the Heat have gotten a few good minutes from Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen; Chris “Birdman” Andersen, Udonis Haslem, and Norris Cole have not looked like the contributors they did in the first couple rounds of the playoffs. But in saying that when Miami turns it on they turn it on, especially after a loss. In Game 2 it was a 19-point win and Game 4 the Heat won by 16. I really think that if Miami targets San Antonio’s role players than the Spurs Big 3 can have a big night. My original pick for the Finals was the Spurs in 6 so I think it stays that way; San Antonio 112 Miami 106.