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Oklahoma City Thunder: Q&A with Rockets coach Kevin McHale

by Berry Tramel Published: April 22, 2013

/articleid/3795465/1/pictures/2023930">Photo - Houston coach Kevin McHale reacts to a call against the Rockets during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Oklahoma City won, 120-91. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Houston coach Kevin McHale reacts to a call against the Rockets during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Oklahoma City won, 120-91. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

James Harden said Game 1 was good for the Rockets. Got the playoff jitters out of the way. Do you agree?

“It was good. I would assume for us, there were a lot of guys that played in their first playoff game. We had to kind of go through that. We had a little bit of a nervous start to the game. We were able to get some things back under control, then they made another run on us. But it was good that we got the game played. I was interested to see how our guys would come out in their first playoff game. A bunch of new guys playing together.”

Jeremy Lin struggled in his playoff debut? What can you do to get Lin going?

“Jeremy will be fine. He's a tough kid. He'll bounce back. A little bit is just relax and go play. I think he was a little bit hyped up, little amped up. Just relax and go play. It was his first playoff game. He had to go through that experience. Jeremy has bounced back all year long. It's the first time he's ever started on a team in the NBA from start to finish. First season he ever went through a training camp as a starter. Jeremy's had a lot of bounceback games. I'm not really worried about Jeremy. Jeremy will be fine.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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