Brown did an excellent job of explaining the Mavs' matchup zone and how the Thunder should attack it. “Like we've been saying, you get it into the paint with the pass or the dribble.”
Brown had high praises for numerous Thunder players, including James Harden, Serge Ibaka and Durant. After Harden had drawn a foul on a drive in the second quarter, Brown said, “I just love his game. He understands the game. He reads the creases in the defenses. Him being left-handed, he has a beautiful stride and he can play the glass extremely well. A very, very intelligent young man.”
He noted Durant's improved passing skills. “I love Kevin Durant's game right now. He says the game has slowed down to me. He sees many things when he's dribbling.”
** Brown referred to the Thunder as Oklahoma at least twice and Cox did it once.
** FSOK's coverage included several shots of the thousands of fans gathered in “Thunder Alley” outside the arena to watch the game on the big screen. The network also had a nice touch by carrying the Thunder pregame introductions, which are not shown in the regular season. The hour pregame show also captured the atmosphere of the game.
** On the ESPN studio show, Magic Johnson lamented Bulls guard Derrick Rose's season-ending knee injury. “The league loses because this matchup (Bulls-Heat) was really set up. It would have been one helluva series to see.”