For the Cleveland Cavaliers, the hard road to an NBA title has ended in celebration, and in their 46-year history, they have finally reached the top of the mountain.

Jim Donovan from Channel 3 Sports joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about how he felt last night when Kyrie Irving hit that 4th quarter shot, and how the raw emotion felt by fans all over Northeast Ohio and beyond has been one of the lasting memories from this championship run.

 "When that shot (from Kyrie) went in, it was real," Donovan said. "I felt 'This is actually going to happen.'

The Cavs came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Warriors in the best-of-seven series. 

For the full interview with Jimmy Donovan, click here. 

Monday, 20 June 2016 16:06

AUDIO Dambrot: LeBron A 'True Winner'

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After 52 years of frustration, the Cleveland Cavaliers have captured the NBA title and have

University of Akron men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Victory Monday to talk about what the win meant for Northeast Ohio.

"This win was for the whole area," Dambrot said. "I mean it was for Akron, Cleveland, all the suburbs, and I think when you're from here, you really understand it."

He said he was happy for LeBron on many levels, saying he willed his team to win, despite not having his absolute best game, but his defensive presence and smart play led to a Game 7 win.

For the full interview with Coach Dambrot, click here.

Friday, 17 June 2016 18:26

AUDIO ESPN's Ford: Cavs Playing Confidently

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The Cavaliers are playing with a great deal of confidence, and heading into the biggest game of the year on Sunday, that could spell a championship for a city that's been longing for one the last 52 years.

ESPN Basketball Insider Chad Ford joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about LeBron's on-court and off-court leadership down this Finals stretch and how they are playing their best basketball at the right time.

"You're seeing just the perfect balance between scoring the ball and passing the ball," Ford said.  "Everyone is better when he is on the floor."

 

Chad says the Cavs are going to need a triple-double from LeBron if they're going to get that first ever NBA Championship,  but it all comes down to them just playing their game.

"If they play the same way Sunday, they did the last two games, they'll beat the Warriors," he said. "It all comes down to LeBron James." 

With last night's Game 6 win at the Q, the Cavaliers and Warriors are heading for a Game 7 winner-take-all showdown in Oakland on Sunday.

Spencer Davies from Amico Hoops and Fox Sports Ohio joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about the Cavs' shot at erasing 52 years of coming up short and finally winning it all.

He said Tristan Thompson was strong coming out of the gate and never let up.

"He set the tone early, getting those 50/50 balls, shooting well on his free throws, it really set the tone," Davies said. 

 Thompson finished with a double-double in both points and rebounds. 

As far as Sunday goes, the Cavaliers will have to keep the officials off their minds and just play their game, but they will have to overcome some calls they might deem questionable and keep doing what they do best.

 

One more game here at the Q tonight, and the question remains: Can the Cavaliers keep their title hopes alive and force a Game 7?

Chris Parker from Cleveland Scene joined the Average Sports Show live from Quicken Loans Arena to break down Game 6 and talk about tonight's matchups.

Aside from the usual suspects LeBron James and Kyrie Irving providing their usual solid play, Chris is looking for Iman Shumpert to provide a spark both offensively and defensively.

 

Thursday, 16 June 2016 17:01

AUDIO Josh Weir Talking Cavs/Warriors Game 6

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The Cavaliers and Warriors are back in action tonight at the Q, and in another elimination game, the Cavaliers are going to have their best effort against the defending NBA Champions.

Josh Weir from the Canton Repository joined Sam Bourquin Thursday afternoon to talk about how the Cavs will try to get Warriors forward Draymond Green out of his game after being suspended for Game 5.

He says a player can't change his mental approach, but he knows Draymond will have to keep his emotions in check.

Weir also said Cavs forward Kevin Love is due for a big performance after a lackluster Game 5.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 19:08

AUDIO Jeff Schudel Talks Game 6

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With Game 5 now in the rear view and Game 6 at the Q coming up tomorrow, the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans are feeling pretty confident about evening the series.

Jeff Schudel from the Morning Journal and News Herald joined Brad in the Average Sports Show to talk about the injury to Warriors big man Andrew Bogut, and how that can impact the Wine and Gold tomorrow night.

Schudel says Bogut's absence will open up driving lanes for LeBron and Kyrie at the Q.

 "He's (LeBron) is getting to the foul line more, and I think this is going to shape up good for the boys."

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 18:32

AUDIO NBA Finals Bringing Dollars to Cleveland

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With the influx of people converging on downtown Cleveland with the success of the Lake Erie Monsters and Cleveland Cavaliers, that means the local economy is doing well, right along with the sports teams.

Michael Deemer Vice President of Business Services for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the economic impact generated by the Cavaliers and Monsters.

 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:47

AUDIO Wess Ready To Lead Tuslaw Hoops

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The Tuslaw Mustangs have a new basketball coach in the fold, and that name is a familiar one in local high school basketball circles.

Lynn Wess will now be the head boys' basketball coach of the Mustangs after previously coaching at Coventry High School.  Wess joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his new opportunity and what the Pac-7 is going to be like during the season.

"You're going to see some great high school basketball (in the Pac-7) and the schools and the communites back their kids and their teams, so it'll be a nice 8 team league."

For the full interview with Coach Wess, click here.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:18

AUDIO Axelrod: Talent Abounds At OSU

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With Ohio State, the cliche comes back that the Buckeyes don't  rebuild, they just reload, and there is top-level talent at virtually every position including quarterback.

Ben Axelrod, Big 10 Lead Writer for Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the latest on the quarterbacks, including new recruit Tate Martell, Joe Burrow, and Dwayne Haskins, along with incumbent J.T. Barrett.

Axelrod says there's a lot of talent there at that position.

"Urban just stockpiles signal callers and that usually leaves you with a pretty loaded depth chart," he said.

Ben also took a look at Archbishop Hoban running back Todd Sibley decommitting from OSU and flipping to Pittsburgh to play his college ball after his senior season in 2017.

For the full interview with Ben Axelrod, check out this link.

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