TNT game analyst Steve Kerr, working with play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, said he was awed by Thunder guard Russell Westbrook’s athleticism after his dunk off a missed Durant three-pointer in the Thunder’s 104-84 Game 6 victory in Memphis.
“In a league full of incredible athletes, he just jumps off the page,” Kerr said.
Kerr, a candidate to become the New York Knicks coach, also noted Westbrook was taking shorter shots. “He’s so much better when he shoots from 18 feet, rather than 25.”
After Westbrook banked in a three-pointer, Kerr said, “He looks over at us and just laughed. When it’s your night, it’s your night.”
Rookie center Steven Adams’ shot blocking and defense also drew praise from Kerr.
“Where’s he been this whole series?” Kerr said. “He is quick and strong. He has a chance to be a good defensive player in the league.”
As for Game 7, Kerr said it was important for the Thunder to get off to a fast start. “They have to find a way in Game 7 to generate the same kind of pace and aggression that they had tonight.”
Lieberman credits defense
Fox Sports Oklahoma analyst Nancy Lieberman credited the Thunder’s defense for setting the tone of the game early.