Kerr also credited Kevin Durant’s resilience for not giving up after a horrible shooting game. He had two 3-pointers down the stretch to spur the comeback. “That’s the MVP,” he said after Durant’s 3 cut the lead to 101-93. “You’re 3 for 17 and your team desperately needs a shot. That’s impressive.”
•O’Neal discussed the improvement in Blake Griffin’s game since coming into the league as a one-dimensional player: “He can hit his jump shots. He can play defense. He has a plethorea of moves down low thanks to the great Charles Barkley challenging him. It makes you want to shout!”
•Gospel singer Kirk Franklin, known for his “Stomp” song, also was in the studio, and and the analysts noted his appearance.
•Smith criticized the Thunder’s lack of movement of offense on his big board talk with Durant trying to get a shot with the rest of his teammates standing around. “If they can avoid a steady diet of those, then I can shout about them.”
•Barkley, who said the “Thunder’s half-court offense is awful,” said both teams needed to get a third scorer involved. “Whether its Reggie Jackson or Ibaka, somebody has to step up.”
•After a flagrant foul call on Westbrook for fouling Griffin on a breakaway layup, Kerr said: “I think the intent of the rule is to protect the player. When a guy is going up in transition, he is very valuable.”
•After Steven Adams scored and then blocked a shot on the other end. “He is going to be a player,” Kerr said. “I think Adams is the perfect replacement for (Kendrick) Perkins. They are both physical, but they do it in different ways.”
•Albert on Caron Butler explaining he is “calling long distance” with his hand gesture after making a 3-pointer: “I’d expected a more complex answer from Caron Butler.”
•In the pregame show, Barkley and Smith picked the Thunder to win. Shaq took the Clippers.