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Oklahoma City Thunder: Remote patrol

Cox Communications viewers in Oklahoma City missed nearly 30 minutes of the game because of technical problems.
by Mel Bracht Published: April 30, 2014

•Cox Communications viewers in Oklahoma City missed nearly 30 minutes of the game because of technical problems. Cox spokesman Christine Martin said a piece of equipment that failed had to be replaced. Davis welcomed the Cox audience back after the Grizzlies had taken a 16-point lead.

•Thunder forward Caron Butler earned praises from Long, who had made him his X-factor before the game. “He’s been here before. He has a lot of confidence in his shot. This is a prime opportunity to do something special.”

•Davis got carried away after a Butler 3 with a reference to the board game Clue. “The butler in the alley with the pipe wrench.”

•After Derek Fisher set the record for NBA playoff games (245), sideline reporter Lesley McCaslin noted how the Thunder players looked up to him.

Long said, “Anyone who can play that long and be effective that long, you want to tap into that knowledge.”

•Davis on a long 3-pointer by Memphis guard Mike Miller: “His range is out in the Panhandle. You got to check him.”

•Noting the illness to TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, Davis said the after-the-quarter interviews are hard on the coaches. “The last thing you want to do is show business.”

•Long noted how the Thunder’s offense sputtered in the second quarter after Reggie Jackson turned the ball over. “I’ve seen a lot of indecision on the Thunder offense. Reggie Jackson had a good 3-point shot in transition and he turned it down. ...Your teammates are expecting you to go ahead and shoot it.”

•Actress Kristin Chenoweth, a Broken Arrow native who graduated from Oklahoma City University, welcomed fans to the FSOK telecast.

•Similar to the regular season, FSOK showed the Thunder pregame introductions, bringing the Cheasapeake Arena experienc to the viewers.

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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