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NBA Finals Remote Patrol: ABC analysts question Scott Brooks for removing Russell Westbrook

Studio analyst Jon Barry questions coach Scott Brooks' decision for putting Russell Westbrook on the bench in the third quarter. “I thought he should have left him in to get some scoring. They were really struggling.”
by Mel Bracht Published: June 17, 2012

Questionable call

Game analyst Jeff Van Gundy and play-by-play announcer Mike Breen said Durant's fourth foul was questionable. “That to me is a play-on,” Van Gundy said.

Van Gundy had some strong analysis as usual, including:

*After complimenting Thabo Sefolosha's defense when the stole the ball from Dwyane Wade and drove in for a dunk: “Who would have thought that the Swiss would have a great defender?”

*On defending James on a fast break: “James with a head of steam is the most difficult cover in the league.”

*On the Thunder's improved defense in third quarter. “That's how you guard in the NBA. You keep the ball out of the paint.”

Short takes

*Fox Sports Oklahoma analyst Grant Long on “Thunder Live” on the Thunder's offensive struggles: “I thought a lot of time they tried to use the dribble as opposed to using the pass to execute their offense. That is not a good recipe for this team.”

*On the pregame show, only Jon Barry picked the Thunder to win, noting they had won a big game on the road in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against San Antonio.

*At halftime, ABC showed Brooks urging his team to make good passes. “Every opportunity you have to make the extra pass, make it without hesitation. Trust your teammates that they'll do the same.”

*Interviewed at halftime by Michael Wilbon, NBA commissioner David Stern, who is attending his 29th NBA Finals, said he had no plans to announce his retirement anytime soon. Asked about increased interest in the league, Stern said, “This is a combination of the compression (shorter season), the five Christmas Day games and social media.”

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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