TNT game analyst Steve Kerr assessed the Thunder’s fast start as it prepares to make three national television appearances in eight days. TNT will air Thunder games at 6 p.m. Thursday at Minnesota and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Chesapeake Energy Arena against . On Christmas Day, ABC will air an NBA Finals rematch at Miami at 4:30 p.m. What’s your assessment of the Thunder?
They have been fantastic. I think they have responded better than anybody could have hoped for after the (James) Harden trade. It just feels like they have kind of picked up where they left off last year and continued their growth as a team. They are playing with a lot of confidence. They are playing well together. And Kevin Martin has been really, really good. It’s been pretty much smooth sailing after the trade, which has kind of surprised me.
How do you think the Thunder will match up against Miami?
I think what will be interesting to see if Scott Brooks plays a little differently and scales down and plays his smaller lineup more often than he did in the Finals last year. I just felt like (Nick) Collison would be more effective in that series than (Kendrick) Perkins. ... My feeling is that they would not have beaten San Antonio without Perkins and his defense on (Tim) Duncan, but that they would have been better served playing Collison more than Perkins against Miami.
By Mel Bracht