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TNT comments from Game 1

John Rohde Modified: April 25, 2013 at 10:25 am •  Published: April 22, 2013

Selected comments from various TNT announcers during Game 1 of the opening-round NBA Western Conference series in which the OKC Thunder defeated the Houston Rockets 120-91 on Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena:

Charles Barkley on Oklahoma City: “They’re going to beat Houston pretty easily. This is going to be a quick 4-1 series.”

Kenny Smith on OKC’s Serge Ibaka in the first-round series: “This might be a series where Serge Ibaka plays more in the paint than on the perimeter.”

Greg Anthony on Thunder coach Scott Brooks: “This OKC team has gotten better each and every year under his guidance.”

Anthony on OKC’s Kevin Durant: “Kevin Durant is not in the same ilk as Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony. He’s more like LeBron James – he (Durant) doesn’t like to force his will on the game.”

Anthony on Rockets guard James Harden: “He’s better than I thought he was. And, I thought he was pretty good.”

Anthony on the Houston Rockets ability to score in transition: “They’re one of the best in the league at attacking after (opponent’s) makes.”

Shaquille O’Neal on Ibaka: “Serge is one of the few players in the NBA that is a bona fide superstar without having his play called all the time. He’s a great team player.”

Barkley on the Rockets’ slow start: “They (Houston) got off to a rocky start because of him (Harden). He came out a little too amped up.”

Anthony on the Houston Rockets: “Sometimes we forget – this Houston team is really young.”

Anthony on Thunder guard Russell Westbrook: “Russell Westbrook is always in attack mode.”

Smith on how the Houston Rockets play deteriorates near the end of quarters: “It was a bunch of bad decisions…the end of quarters are the most important [time] of an NBA basketball game.”

O’Neal on how the Houston Rockets might be able to improve moving forward in the series: “Jeremy Lin has to do a better job of controlling the team and the tempo.”

Barkley on Houston’s shortcomings: “They’ve really only got one guy [Harden] who can come out and score.”



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