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Oklahoma City Thunder: Magic Johnson says OKC putting too much burden on Kevin Durant

REMOTE PATROL — Studio analyst Magic Johnson says Scott Brooks needs to limit Kevin Durant's minutes so he has something left in the fourth quarter.
by Mel Bracht Modified: May 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013

In the final minute of the game, Barry credited the Thunder's effort and then criticized Ibaka.

“I talked all night long about the offensive boards, the points in the paint, the fast-break points. OKC dominated in those areas. … They did a lot of good things, a lot of positive things, they were just not shooting the basketball like we've seen them do all season long.”

Barry singled out Ibaka, who was 6 of 17 from the field. “Serge Ibaka had a lot of quality shots tonight. He had five shots right at the rim. He had a ton of open jump shots. It's just a bad time to be struggling. He's got a lack of confidence right now. They need him to play like he has played all season long.”

SHORT TAKES

-- After Thunder guard Reggie Jackson stole a ball and scored on a layup to cut Memphis' lead to 79-77 in the fourth quarter, play-by-play announcer Mark Jones said, “Reggie Jackson, introducing himself to Memphis.” Barry said, “Mr. October, no, no, Mr. May. … The second-year man is acting like he belongs.”

--At halftime, analyst Bill Simmons said he credited the Thunder for speeding up its offense, noting it had taken 49 shots. “If Oklahoma City can keep this up-and-down (pace), they have a chance to switch this series.”

-- On the pregame show, Simmons continues to make the point the Thunder made a bad move in trading James Harden in the preseason. He worked up a similar scenario in which the Los Angeles Lakers would have traded James Worthy to the Detroit Pistons for Kelly Tripucka, Tony Campbell and two first-round picks in 1984.

Asking Johnson if that would have been a good trade, Magic replied, “That would have been like two or three less diamond rings I would have had if that trade was made.

“You're trying to say Ibaka is going to be a star. He's never going to be a star. He's a good player on a great team.”

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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