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NBA Finals: Remote Patrol from Game 1 between Thunder and Heat

Television analyst Jon Barry has been a believer in the Oklahoma City Thunder throughout the playoffs. He predicted OKC would win Game 1 by double digits.
by Mel Bracht Published: June 13, 2012

A few of Van Gundy's comments:

On the crowd: “To me, this is the loudest building since the old Chicago Stadium and the old Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. It's not even close anymore in the NBA.”

On difference between the Thunder and Boston Celtics: “Miami has to adjust to the increased intensity by Oklahoma City and the length and the athleticism. It's a totally different opponent than Boston.”

On naming his cat after Thunder assistant coach Mo Cheeks, who played for him: “The guy was class in every sense of the word. He should have been in the Hall of Fame.”

On Sefolosha's defensive skills: “He's everything you want. Basketball I.Q., length, quickness and anticipation.”

On a shot of Brooks' mother, Lee Brooks, who still critiques her son's coaching: “I just wonder how hard she was on me when I didn't play Scott that much when he was on the Knicks.”

On feeling sorry for Seattle fans: “It is such a great basketball city. They not only lost their team, they lost their records.” He failed to mention the stats were not carried over to the Thunder to allow the next Seattle team the opportunity to take over the Sonics' legacy.

Added Breen: “For a lot of people in Seattle, it still hurts.”

SHORT TAKES

*ABC had a fascinating opening segment using video mapping technology, highlighting many of the top teams in NBA history.

*In the pregame show, Barry picked the Thunder in six games and Wilbon took them in seven games. Johnson said the Thunder would win the opener, but the Heat would win the series. Chris Broussard picked the heat in six games.

*In his finals debut, retired referee Steve Javie stuck by game officials. He defended a blocking call on Nick Collison that replays showed what appeared to be a charge by Dwyane Wade. Javie called it a pretty clean game.

*ABC had a great shot of a dejected Heat general manager Pat Riley in the stands with his arms crossed.

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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