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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Well there’s nothing like it in sports a game 7, and we will get that for the 2013 edition of the NBA Finals. After 3-straight blowouts in the series, Game 6 was something else, as the Heat fought hard to get the 103-100 win. In my opinion it’s hard to say if the Spurs made bad decisions towards the end resulting in the loss, or if Lebron James and the Heat were destined to win. The league and the crew at American Airlines Arena were so convinced that the Spurs won the title that they started getting their celebration ready. LBJ, who was viturally invisibile for the first 3 quarters going 3 for 12, ripped it open in the final 20 seconds, and then Ray Allen hit what is probably in the top 10 of all-time greatest shots in NBA Finals history. The Heat were able to come away with the victory in overtime and set the stage for the first Game 7 in the NBA Finals since 2010.
With this series already containing about 5 sure-fire hall of famers (LBJ, Wade, Duncan, Parker, Popovich) and 2 probable HOFs (Bosh and Ginobili), to say legacies are on the line is an understatement. While the Spurs already have 4 titles since 1999, their perfect record in the NBA Finals is on the line. The window shutting soon on the San Antonio’s Big 3, due to age and teams like the Thunder getting better in the West, the last thing they want to be known as is the team that was 20 seconds away from the title and choked. San Antonio has always been that organization that has got it done without demanding superstars and spotlight-grabbing attention. One of those guys, Tim Duncan, has a chance to put his name in the discussion of the greatest players of this generation with a win in Game 7. Duncan did win his first title with the Admiral, David Robinson, but was able to grab three more with guys who went from role players to possible HOFs. Also the 4 titles Duncan has won he was named Finals MVP for 3 of those. Even with the previous championships I believe the 5th would be the most significant to the franchise because of the age factor and it was done against the Heat.
For Miami, mainly Lebron, Game 7 may just mean a little bit more because of the criticism he and the team receive on a daily basis. This game is so important to LBJ’s legacy, one that’s judged on every possession, a win means a 2nd ring and a loss will open the flood gates on how he can’t get it done. Even with the triple-doubles he has collected, Games 1, 3, and 6, he has been receiving the most criticism for not showing enough intensity. But it’s very hard for any team to win back-to-back championships but that was the expectations he set when the Big 3 got together in South Beach. Dwayne Wade will have to shake off the rust and play through the bad knee for one last game, and Chris Bosh has to show up and not just when Duncan is off the floor. With this their 3rd trip in 3 years to the Finals a loss in Game 7 could mean that their experiment was a failure. Dispite their putrid fan base, a big advantage for Miami is that they get this one on their court because their role players haven’t fared to well away from the Triple-A.
My prediction: It’s going to be tough for the Spurs to win a Game 7 of this magnitude away on the Heat’s court. San Antonio does have the mental makeup and the experience to make this interesting, but after Game 6 do they have the legs? While it’s obvious that both team’s big trios will give everything they have, role players may play the biggest factor in this one. Two guys to watch out for will be Finals MVP candidate Danny Green who will need to get hot again, and the Heat’s Ray Allen and his championship experience. I don’t think we have another instant classic on our hands but I can’t see the Spurs winning.
Miami - 109 San Antonio - 98