ABC/ESPN analyst Jon Barry has been a believer in the Oklahoma City Thunder throughout the playoffs. Despite the Thunder trailing by four points in the third quarter, Michael Wilbon said Barry turned to him and said the Thunder would win by double-digits. He was right as the Thunder prevailed, 105-94.
“I thought Miami was relying too much on the jump shot,” Barry said of his prediction. “They (the Thunder) ran people off their jump shots in the second half.”
Barry and ABC's other studio analysts said the Thunder had too much depth for the Heat.
“It was all Kevin Durant in the fourth quarter, and a lot of that has to do with guys you have around him,” Barry said.
Thabo Sefolosha got a lot of credit for shutting down LeBron James in the fourth quarter.
“The guy is the best defender in the league,” Barry said.
Stephen A. Smith even correctly predicted the final score.
“I knew Kevin Durant was going to show up,” Smith said of his pick. In the fourth quarter, “He just showed the world what a superstar is supposed to be. He took control of the game.”
Magic Johnson credited Thunder coach Scott Brooks for making “all the right moves” in the fourth quarter, including playing Derek Fisher instead of James Harden and putting Sefolosha on James.
Johnson said the Heat will need to start Chris Bosh in Game 2 and get back to penetrating and kicking back on jump shots.
ABC COVERS ALL ANGLES
ABC didn't miss a shot and was particularly effective with the cameras behind the basket getting amazing shots of Durant and James flying above the rim.
Mike Breen turned in his normal solid play-by-play, and Jeff Van Gundy had his usual oddball comments that make him one of the most unpredictable analysts in the NBA.