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Oklahoma City Thunder: ABC studio crew says OKC got out of its offense

by Mel Bracht Published: May 11, 2014

Play-by-play announcer Mike Breen noted Clippers reserve guard Darren Collison was the difference in the game, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. “In series filled with All-Stars and All-NBA performers, it’s a role player who shined bright in the fourth quarter.”

Analyst Jeff Van Gundy noted as the Clippers took the lead late in the game, “the Clippers are getting much better shots than Oklahoma City.”

Van Gundy has his usual share of gems.

•After a clip from Durant’s MVP acceptance speech was shown, referring to his mother as “the real MVP,” he said, “He just set the bar so high for every child on Mother’s Day, like a card is totally insufficient right now.” He repeated his comment that it was “the best sports speech since Lou Gehrig’s retirement.”

•On rookie center Steven Adams, whom Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he had never anyone eat more than Adams: “They say he eats six entrees when he goes out for dinner. How big a table does he need?”

•After Serge Ibaka stuffed DeAndre Jordan’s shot: “That’s what you call a meeting at the summit … Give yourself a shoutout, Serge, you deserve it.”

•After Durant’s strong move for a layup against Jordan: “The slim reaper with a bucket and one … That’s just showing great strength for a guy who doesn’t look like he has strength.”

•On Thunder coach Scott Brooks: “I have been so impressed with his growth as a coach … I love the way he handles Russell Westbrook, in particular. He doesn’t overscrutinize Westbrook.”

•On players’ reactions after foul calls: “You can’t go by the players’ reactions because they are habitual liars.”

Short takes

•Interviewed in the third quarter, former Lakers star Magic Johnson spoke highly of Westbrook: “He is playing the point position the way it should be played the last couple of games.”

•As a coach, Collins said take big leads often hurt his teams by causing them to let up. “You know it’s fool’s gold.”

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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