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NBA Finals remote patrol: ABC's Jeff Van Gundy, Michael Wilbon say Kevin Durant fouled on key play

Television camera catches LeBron James fouling Kevin Durant with seven seconds remaining.
by Mel Bracht Published: June 15, 2012

After the game, Stephen A. Smith agreed with the “worst” assessment.

“He kept jacking up shots … He still did not find a way to get Kevin Durant the ball enough,” Smith said.

Chris Broussard said the Thunder was basically playing without a point guard.

ABC analysts agreed Durant and James Harden should have gotten more shots. Wilbon, who at halftime predicted the Thunder would not come back in Game 2, said if the two had combined for 38 to 40 shots, the outcome might have been different.

“I think they could have come back and won the game,” Wilbon said.

Jon Barry said, “They have to find a way to get him the ball more often if they're going to win the series.”


* ABC captured Thunder coach Scott Brooks addressing his team in the locker room after the game, noting the team’s slow starts. “We got to focus on getting Game 3, but it has to be from the start, from the start. … We got to play 48 minutes like we did in the second half.”

* Van Gundy supported Brooks’ decision to leave Durant in the game after getting his fourth and later fifth fouls because of his “basketball IQ.”

* In the pregame show, Jon Barry was the only studio analyst to pick the Thunder to win, expecting a better performance from Harden than his five points in Game 1.

* ABC had several replays showing a goaltending call on Serge Ibaka was incorrect because the ball had been hit before Ibaka swatted it. It would have been nice for ABC to get a comment from Javie on the play. Mike Breen, who has surpassed TNT’s Marv Albert as the league’s premier play-by-play announcer, noted the call was incorrect.

* Van Gundy on Javie, who retired because of a bad knee: “I’m saying we ought to put Steve Javie on a Segway and let him referee.”

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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