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TNT's Charles Barkley lays into Rockets after Game 1 loss to Thunder

by Mel Bracht Published: April 22, 2013

If things weren't bad enough for the Houston Rockets after their 120-91 loss in Game 1, TNT's studio analyst Charles Barkley laid into them in the postgame show.

After TNT showed a tweet from Rockets general manger Daryl Morey, “That was painful.” Barkley said, “Daryl Morey has done a good job, but don't worry about it. It will be over quickly.

Barkley noted the inexperienced Rockets were outmanned on the court. “They just don't have enough weapons. They got no chance against (Russell) Westbrook. Nobody can guard Kevin Durant. They play small. … They got nobody can guard (Serge) Ibaka. He was doing a great job on the offensive boards.”

In the pregame show, he said, “Oklahoma City is going to beat these guys like they stole something.”

Barkley marveled at Westbrook's speed and athleticism. “That guy could be a cornerback, or a running back, or a wide receiver in the NFL right now.”

Kenny Smith questioned the Rockets' decision to go back to Houston during the break before Wednesday's Game 2. “I have to think there are more distractions at home for a young team.”

Barkley, who claims the Rockets still owe him $5 million in salary, said. “They are a cheap organization. They don't want to pay no extra days at a motel.”

On Fox Sports Oklahoma's postgame show, both Nancy Lieberman and Grant Long complimented the Thunder's defensive effort.

“That was a massive defensive effort,” Lieberman said.

Long noted the Thunder excelled at guarding the Rockets on the 3-point line and also clogged up the middle with nine blocked shots. “Outside and inside, their objectives were met defensively.”

College atmosphere

With TNT's lower-ranked broadcast crew of Ian Eagle and Greg Anthony calling the game and Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines, it seemed like a No. 1 vs. 16-seeded NCAA Tournament game.

Anthony said it even seemed like a college game with raucous atmosphere at Chesapeake Energy Arena: “It's a lot of fun to get this atmosphere at a professional game.”

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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