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