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OKC Thunder Remote patrol: Thunder's experience a key in Game 6 victory

In clinching the series Thursday night in Los Angeles, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy credited the Thunder’s experience for the victory after a sluggish start from stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 16, 2014

•On Blake Griffin’s moves: “Griffin is so dynamic in the open court — agility, strength, jumping ability and he handles the ball like a perimeter player.”

•On the Clippers leaving KD wide open for a 3: “Memo to all Clippers. Do not leave the MVP wide open.”

SHORT TAKES

•Van Gundy and Breen both said they had tired of the Donald Sterling saga amid news he planned to sue the league.

Van Gundy: “I can’t wait for the day when I don’t hear the name Sterling.”

Breen: “Agreed. He should go by the old Mark Twain phrase. It’s better to remain silent and appear ignorant than open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

•After Van Gundy joking noted that he thought Rihanna was following him, sideline reporter Lisa Salters asked her about it at halftime and she said she didn’t even know who Van Gundy is. “You just deflated my whole night,” Van Gundy said. “I’m heart-broken you didn’t know who I was.”

•Van Gundy gave a shoutout to former broadcast colleague Mark Jackson, who recently was fired as Golden Staten coach, after a Durant layup: “Mama, there goes that man.”

HALFTIME

•Analyst Bill Simmons said he thought the teams were still learning about each other, even in Game 6: “I feel like they haven’t figured out each other yet.”

•Analyst Jalen Rose said he attributed that to the quality of players: “Because you see four of the top 10 players in the series... Very tough matchups.”

•Simmons said Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers should be concerned because the Clippers didn’t have bigger lead. He said he expected the Thunder would make a run. Rose and analyst Doug Collins both predicted the Clippers would force a Game 7.

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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