“It was absolutely beautiful that they weathered the storm and then totally took the game over, got in the passing lanes, active hands, amazing defense. Derek Fisher, at 38, has amazing foot speed and what he does defensively. It was a fabulous team performance.”
Game analyst Grant Long noted the team kept its composure.
“They got down a few times in the ballgame and the series, but they still maintained their composure. That's what I was most impressed with. They recognized and made some in-game adjustments. The 16 fast-break points in the game, that's what they needed, more easy baskets.”
-- In the fourth-quarter break, ESPN captured a confident Brooks predicting the Thunder would close it out. “Get ready for your best quarter. I feel it. We're getting a little rhythm right now. Play the game hard. We'll be rewarded.”
-- ESPN game announcer Mike Tirico noted the inexperienced lineup of the Rockets, which included former OSU star James Anderson. “This is a collection of other people's discards for the most part. It's really been put together by the leadership, personality and basketball experience of Kevin McHale on the sideline.”
-- After Fisher argued a foul call, Tirico said official Mike Callahan probably told him, “Don't talk to me. Stop it. I don't care if you've played in 235 playoff games. That's a foul on you.”
-- FSOK made Martin its player of the game for his 25 points, three assists and a steal.
-- It was FSOK's final game telecast of the season. However, the TV announcing crew will be part of postgame shows and contribute to the radio broadcasts.