— Because of technical problems, Fox Sports Oklahoma's “Thunder Live” playoff show did not come on the air until 11:17 p.m. Thunder TV analyst Grant Long credited the Mavericks for making adjustments in Game 3. “They double-teamed Kevin Durant right away,” he said, noting they also slowed the Thunder's transition game.
— In the pregame show, the ESPN studio team had fun with what they thought Kevin Durant kept in his infamous backpack. They pulled out Harden's beard, a Slim Jim, a barbell, Durant's video game, a German-English dictionary so Durant could understand Dirk Nowitzki when he trash-talked, three miniature NBA championship trophies and analyst Jon Barry's Milwaukee Bucks jersey and then joked that Nate Robinson also was in the backpack.
— Among the crew's “bold statements,” Wilbon was correct in predicting Thunder guard Eric Maynor would play less than 10 minutes and not at all in the fourth quarter. Johnson was incorrect in predicting Westbrook would have a triple-double, and Barry was off in predicting Kidd would have a triple-double.