“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.”
-- 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.”