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Shelley Smith, Craig Sager on the sidelines for Game 6 in Cleveland

Posted at 8:42 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 20:42:52-04

There is a whole lot of fight expected in Cleveland Thursday night...as the players will be on the floor vying for a title.

Reporter Craig Sager will be on the sidelines, battling for his life.

"He gets chemo every week and he gets platelets," his friend and fellow reporter Shelley Smith told newsnet5.com's Lauren Brill. "And he gets his energy from working so I admire that."

Sager has leukemia. Shelley Smith is in remission after surviving three different types of cancers, including breast cancer.

She'll be near Sager, doing radio for Game 6.

"I don't even remember last year cause the chemo and radiation affected me. It was so foggy," said Smith. "Now everything is so clear, so to be here is just amazing."

Battling breast cancer, not easy.

Being a bald woman on ESPN? Unheard of.

"People knew I had a fight and that is what I want people to look at with people who lost their hair is that they are fighting."

Looking back on the process, Smith says it was life changing.

"I am a lot stronger that I ever knew I was, especially inside."

Now Smith, a well-decorated sports journalist, will join her buddy Craig to cover the NBA Finals.

"To see him makes me happy. I will sit with him in Game 6 and I'll be happy."