OKC Thunder Remote Patrol: TNT crew compliments Thunder, Thabo Sefolosha

TNT's broadcast crew of Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller overflowed with compliments for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 31, 2012

At halftime, Kenny Smith credited the team's ball movement. “That's the difference. Attack the rim and make the extra pass, not settling for outside jump shots.”

SHORT TAKES

*After Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave Craig Sager only short answers (“You just keep playing”) during an interview after the first quarter, Kerr complimented Sager on his courage. Kerr said, “What's the worst job in sports? Being a hockey goalie, an NBA referee or interviewing Gregg Popovich on the sidelines?”

*Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett noted in a TNT segment that he had NBA player cards for all of the TNT studio crew. He said he kept his Barkley card in the spokes of his bike. “Fittingly, it makes a lot of noise,” he said.

*On the pregame show, Fallin correctly predicted the Thunder's victory. “The Spurs better pray. We're in our home territory. We got a great crowd tonight. We love our team. The Thunder is going to win the game tonight.”

*At halftime, Barkley said a Spurs' comeback wasn't as likely as in Game 1 because of the home crowd. “The crowd gives you energy and adrenaline you don't even know you have. They are not going to let this team's energy level get down.”

*On the Fox Sports Oklahoma postgame show, analyst Stephen Howard called the game “the perfect scenario” for the Thunder. “From the beginning, they used defense to totally dominate the Spurs … Then they got their offense from their defense.”

*After TNT showed Derek Fisher addressing players during a timeout, Miller said, “This is the time you got to put the foot on their throat to make them think about Game 4.”

*During a second quarter time out, Brooks complimented his team. “I love the ways you guys are playing. Love it! Every possession means something, right.”

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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