TNT analyst Chris Webber credited the Houston Rockets for taking Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant out of the play on the Thunder's last possession in its 105-103 loss in Game 4 Monday night.
“Anything but Durant,” Webber said. “That should be written on everybody's locker room wall. Good job on (Francisco) Garcia's defense there. Great job by the Houston Rockets on finishing strong.”
On the TNT postgame show, analyst Charles Barkley said he didn't like the play.
“They must have been going for the three. He (Durant) didn't have it. I think you go for the win if it's there, but you don't force it.”
Fox Sports Oklahoma analyst Grant Long said it was a good play that coach Scott Brooks should have been pleased with. “It's still good offense by the Oklahoma City Thunder. They just came up short on that possession.”
Barkley said the Thunder needed to get more players involved in the offense. “You got to find a way to get Serge Ibaka more involved. Serge Ibaka had eight shots. He's got to get more than eight shots.”
TNT analyst Kenny Smith noted that Durant was trying to create more offense from his point forward position.
“It's an interesting dynamic because the defenders his size are not used to being in the rare air outside the three-point line,” Smith said.
Barkley said he hated the idea of Durant playing point forward.
“I hate the way they are playing right now. Kevin Durant is not a point forward. He's their best player, arguably the second-best player in the world. They should run their offense. He jacked it up over 30 times last game. Just play. He's going to get 25 shots a game. Right now they are kind of walking the ball up and down the court. That's not his natural position.”