And then there was two. Though it took the Cleveland Cavaliers an extra game to decide the inevitable, the NBA Finals are set in stone. Though, in typical NBA playoff fashion, we’ll still have to wait to get there. Let’s take a look at the ride thus far.
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- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of LeBron James as the heckled and as the heckler, with one fan boasting his Division III stats to The King before LBJ took out some anger on a reporter in the postgame presser (2:26).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: Who won and lost the NBA Draft Lottery and why? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- The debut of “Run it back, same teams,” a segment that will highlight some past guests and conversations that have been had on previous installments of The Bridge. This week, we took a look back to around this time last year when we had the pleasure of chatting with ESPN Radio’s Freddie Coleman. Here, Clips include bringing on Ian Fitzsimmons as co-host, if there’s a boring time for sports talk radio and some thoughts on last year’s NBA playoffs, including a correct prediction of the Oklahoma City Thunder blowing a 3-1 lead to Golden State (10:07).
- This week’s guest was Justin Termine, the host of NBA Today on SiriusXM NBA Radio, weekdays from 4 to 7 ET. In his triumphant return to The Bridge, we chatted about some of the major storylines of the NBA playoffs thus far, what we’ll see in the NBA Finals and some anecdotes for how each team can win and more. You can listen to our first interview about his sports broadcasting career here.
- You can follow Justin on Twitter @TermineRadio. The interview starts at the 18:35 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
How he’s been able to make these playoffs sound exciting on his radio show (19:05), if there’s an answer for how predictable the playoffs turned out (20:55), what his biggest disappointment has been in these playoffs (22:38), how the Celtics won a game over the Cavs without Isaiah Thomas (23:46), if IT is a good long-term fit for Boston or if they should move on (courtesy of @pfitzgerald) (24:46), how important Kyrie Irving is to the Cavs (26:08), if there’s any answer for LeBron’s poor playoff games (27:37), if LBJ was “fatigued” in Game 3 (29:06), if he’s playing the best basketball of his career (30:02), how Manu Ginóbili will be remembered if he played in his last game (31:24), the most impressive thing on the Golden State Warriors resume up until this point (33:40), if Klay Thompson’s lesser role could be a problem (35:44), what the main keys are for the Cavs and Warriors in the NBA Finals (37:31), which role players will need to step up for each team (39:01), which team has the most to lose if they lose (40:03), his prediction for the NBA Finals (41:15), what’s been the biggest disagreement he’s had with co-host Eddie Johnson in these playoffs (41:41), where the best place has been to cover this Finals matchup has been (42:54) and where listeners can hear him for the NBA Finals (43:44).
- “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Kyle Cicilioni previews “Alien: Covenant,” a sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus and the second installment in the Alien prequel series that follows a ship crew that lands on an uncharted planet and make a terrifying discovery (45:04). You can follow Kyle on Twitter and Periscope and find some of his work at ajazznetworks.com.
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