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NBA Playoffs remote patrol: TNT's Charles Barkley rips Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook after Game 2 loss

by Mel Bracht Published: April 21, 2014

/articleid/4248176/1/pictures/2498400">Photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) goes to the basket between Memphis' Marc Gasol (33) and Zach Randolph (50) during Game 2 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 21, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) goes to the basket between Memphis' Marc Gasol (33) and Zach Randolph (50) during Game 2 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 21, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

On Durant’s desperation 3-point heave as the ball was going out of bounds and was fouled, Davis screamed, “Oh and one! Sometimes you would rather be lucky rather than good. You want to talk about a prayer shot.”

Long added, “Are you kidding me! Kevin Durant is living right and living good.”

Anderson said, “Are you kidding me? Kevin Durant a chance at four.”

On Perkins’ putback, Davis said, “Perkins with the rebound and he puts it back … Come on, are you kidding me? The four-point play by Durant and this on top of that.”

Both analysts, Anthony and Long, credited Thunder coach Scott Brooks for making a key substitution to put Perkins in the game in the closing seconds.

The Thunder’s dramatic plays didn’t materialize in overtime as the Grizzlies evened the series at 1-1.

“Tip your hat to the Memphis Grizzlies,” Anderson said. “What a gutty performance.”

Short takes

•At halftime, TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal praised Serge Ibaka’s performance, both on the offensive and defensive ends. “Serge Ibaka is the king of effort … He has the ability to be OKC’s third legitimate scorer. If he can continue to play like that, they have a great chance of winning the championship.”

•FSOK analyst Nancy Lieberman noted in the postgame that the Thunder’s offense stagnated in face of the Grizzlies defense, which she said blended man-to-man on the ball and a triangle by the basket. “You must swing that side to side and make multiple combinations of passes. It didn’t happen as must as you’d hope for.”

•FSOK has not been using Lieberman’s analysis at halftime, instead relying on newcomer Erin Hartigan, who has stumbled at times.

•As overtime started, Anthony, who had called the NCAA Final Four said, “We’ve got a little bit of April Madness right now.”

•Anthony, noting Ibaka’s gestures after a blocked shot in the second quarter. “No, no, no! That’s allowed as long as you don’t do it at the player.”

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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