For the 2nd year in a row, the entire sports staff at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is going to host a day long event on the day following Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. This year, that falls on March 12th. The event will once again be hosted by the Oxmoor Center on Shelbyville Road, and will encompass a total of 6 hosts and 13 hours of sports programming. Plus, we will host a BRACKET CHALLENGE with a chance to win a super-nice Gorilla Basketball Goal, courtesy of Steepleton's. Below is the entire rundown of events, so feel free to head out to Oxmoor any time in the day and you will get your sports fix headed into tournament time:
7-10AM: The EarlyBirds w/ Drew Deener
10-12PM: KentuckySportsRadio w/Matt Jones
12-1PM: Lachlan Mclean on WKRD
1-2PM: Drew Deener on WKRD
2-3PM: Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM: The Afternoon Underdogs w/Tony and Dave
530-6PM: Terry Meiners
7-9PM: Occupy Lachlan (the entire cast of hosts together on stage at the same time)
WHERE TO LISTEN ON THE AIR
Early Birds with Jody Demling
7-10AM (790AM WKRD)
The Tom Leach Show
9-10AM (1080AM WKJK)
KentuckySportsRadio with Matt Jones
10AM-12PM (1080AM WKJK)
Joe B. and Denny Show
10AM-12PM (790AM WKRD)
The Afternoon Underdogs with Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM (790AM WKRD)
Sportstalk84 with Lachlan McLean
7-9PM (840AM WHAS)
Photo Credit - www.latimes.com
Story by: Daniel Farish
NBA FINALS PREVIEW
*In respect to full disclosure, I have been a Spurs fan since 1998 when I first got into the NBA*
There are two ways the NBA Finals will end. Either the supremely talented, destined Miami Heat will win in 5 games and help LeBron in his quest to be mentioned with MJ and Kobe…or the San Antonio Spurs will win in 7 games, giving Tim Duncan his 5th title, keeping the Spurs perfect in Finals appearances (5 for 5) and sending the Spurs’ Big 3 out in style.
Why Miami will win
The Heat rely on their speed and athleticism to beat teams. They don’t overpower anyone, just simply run by them. They struggled against Indiana because of the Pacers’ size. They forced Miami to slow down and take their time which disrupted the flow of the offense. The Spurs won’t do that. Miami will be able to play its type of game in the Finals, which spells trouble for the slower, aging Spurs.
Chris Bosh has been awful thus far in the Playoffs, especially in the ECF. He publicly apologized to his coaches, teammates and the fans. Is he the weakest link of the Big 3? Absolutely. But he is still an All-Star, who just happens to be playing like a scrub right now. He didn’t start Game 1 of the Finals last season, a 105-94 loss for Miami. He started the next four games, averaged a double-double (16pts, 11.5reb) and they won the series 4-1. Bosh knows how to step up in big games. He put up 16pts-15reb in Game 2, and 24 points in the series winning Game 5.
Game 7 of the 2013 ECF was the welcome party for Dwayne Wade to the Playoffs. It was his first 20-point effort in over a month. Given enough time, this 2x NBA Champion figured out how to play through the knee pain that has plagued him for months. He is the X-Factor to Miami winning title #3.
Revenge. LeBron James has wanted it ever since the 2007 Finals, when Tim Duncan & Co. swept the Cavaliers. It’s fair to argue that the 2007 Cavs were ill equipped to deal with the Spurs who were on their way to their third title in five years. This year’s Miami team is more than equipped; it has bench players who would have started on that Cavs team. LeBron has a supporting cast to go up against a veteran Spurs team who seem as deep as the Atlantic.
Why San Antonio will win
Erik Spoelstra is planning for Game 1. Gregg Popovich is planning for Game 2. Pop, a former spy as reported in Sports Illustrated, is routinely one, two, sometimes three steps ahead of his opponents. Just ask Zach Randolph. The Spurs offense is a slow, methodical, highly successful art form. As you watch the play unfold, you’re not quite sure what you’re watching. Then you see Parker come off his third screen with the option to shoot, drive or dish and it all makes sense.
Tim Duncan is playing his best basketball in 3 years. He’s averaging a double-double for the first time since the 2009-10 season. His free throw percentage this season (81.7%) was the highest in his career. He’s blocked more shots since the 2007 season. He and Parker run the most lethal pick-and-roll in the NBA due to two factors. Parker is playing at a MVP-level right now; NO one has had an answer for him.
He is averaging 23pts-7ast per game in the Playoffs, along with shooting 47% from the field. Duncan has improved that mid-range, FT line jumper. We have always known he works the wing bank shot better than anyone in the game. Add in the dead-eye elbow jumper and he has added yet another element to his game in his 16th season.
The X-Factor for the Spurs is Manu Ginobli. He hasn’t been that reliable 6th man that we’re used to. Don’t get me wrong, he has been playing well. His post-season averages in points, assists and rebounds are up from his regular season numbers. His decision making hasn’t been great, but because they haven’t been playing against superstar teams, it hasn’t cost them.
Make those same mistakes against Miami? Uh-oh. Get your head right and play like the Manu Ginobli we know? Hello NBA Championship #5 for the Spurs.
Regardless of how it turns out, this promises to be an exciting NBA Finals. Much more s than the 2012 debacle when OKC thought it was a one game winner-take-all contest. Either the Heat will dominate and their supposed superiority will shine through, winning in 5. Or the San Antonio Spurs will dig down deep, very deep, and shock the world. Oops, my sarcasm bled through. Would it be shocking? No. An upset? Absolutely.
Jeff – Miami in 6 or 7. They have LBJ and home court.
Josh – Miami in 6. Leonard can’t hold LBJ and the Spurs have no healthy 2nd scoring option
EJ – After G4 of the ECF I thought San Antonio in 6. Now, it’s all about Miami’s defense matching up and Wade/Bosh playing better.
Joey – Spurs in 6. San Antonio has the better PG and C. Better bench, coach and momentum. I don’t but in to the long layoff hurting them.
Ryan – Miami. I feel it’s going to be a guard based series, and Miami has better guards. Parker has never played well against Miami with LBJ on the roster.