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OKC Thunder Remote Patrol: Steve Kerr says Thunder look fatigued

TNT game analyst Steve Kerr said the genesis of the Spurs’ 117-89 rout of the Thunder in Game 5 on Thursday night actually came in the fourth quarter of Game 4. The Spurs’ second-half comeback in that game forced Thunder coach Scott Brooks to to play his starters most of the game.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 30, 2014

/articleid/4864813/1/pictures/2701963">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) reacts during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) reacts during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

She noted the Spurs’ plus-13 advantage on the boards “takes away fast-break opportunities for the Thunder.”

SHORT TAKES

•TNT studio analyst Kenny Smith missed the telecast to be at the high school graduation of his daughter Monique. In the pregame, Barkley picked the Thunder to win and O’Neal took the Spurs.

•At halftime, TNT superimposed a photo of Barkley in a large swimsuit. “One thing in this city, you can always find a big bathing suit,” said Barkley, who has joked about the abundance of overweight women in San Antonio.

•The game announcers talked about the stat that in the playoffs 73 3-point shooters had been fouled, and there had been 14 four-point plays as the league tries to protect shooters on their follow-through. Miller noted if the rule interpretation had been in effect when Kerr played “you might have averaged 18 to 20 points a game.”

Kerr said, “I want to see the NBA fine the shooter when the shooter flops.” He noted the practice “was getting out of hand.”

•Kerr noted that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s decision to start Matt Bonner in place of Tiago Splitter and not play Splitter and Tim Duncan together worked well in opening up the Spurs’ offense. “That just changed the whole strategy of the thing.”

•Brooks during a timeout after Westbrook made a steal immediately after a Spurs’ steal: “Big time! Big time! That was a championship play.”

•Miller on Thunder rookie Steven Adams: “You can make a case for him being a starter on this team. But he is learning from a veteran.”

•Miller after a Westbrook 3-point shot: “He is a flat-out stud. You talk about bringing it at the highest level, and he is doing it every night.”

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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