Oklahoma City Thunder: ESPN/ABC analyst Bill Simmons says matchups favor Memphis

REMOTE PATROL — In discussing the Thunder's 93-91 victory, Bill Simmons said, “If I'm a Memphis fan, I feel fantastic about how that game went. You blew the game, but the matchups were so favorable to them.” Studio analyst Michael Wilbon wasn't so sure.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 5, 2013

“They made things happen for themselves. They did a terrific job.”

Disputed call

Neither Brown nor the studio crew thought that Nick Collison should have been called for a flagrant one for his hard foul on Tayshaun Prince as he attempted to block the shot. Collison even tried to catch Prince on his fall.

Simmons: “The Oscar race is on. … best supporting actor.”

Rose: “He never got elbowed in the head and his head never hit the ground.”

Brown: “I'm kind of surprised by that, but we all know this is going to be a very difficult series to referee, mainly because you have got shot blocking on both teams, you have physical guys here and defenses that rotate quickly and are very well prepared.”

Short takes

*Brown noting improved play by Jackson after he drove in a for a layup: “This young fella really has speed, good ball-handling ability, excellent knowledge of when to put the brakes on in the paint, the ability to stop on a dime and then send up a soft shot in traffic.”

*Tirico's call on Durant's game-winning shot: “The shot clock is off. The Thunder will keep it on the floor with a chance to take the lead. Durant, the lead!”

*Brown said he was excited to get to call the game. “It's a great series. It's X's and O's, the players are there and it will get better as it goes along.”

*TNT will broadcast Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with Matt Devlin, analyst Mike Fratello and reporter Marty Snider. Fox Sports Oklahoma also will have pregame and postgame coverage.

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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