Oklahoma City Thunder: TNT analyst Steve Kerr says OKC hurt by lack of two-way players

REMOTE PATROL -- TNT analyst Steve Kerr, rumored as a candidate for the New York Knicks coaching job, noted on the telecast that a key reason for the Thunder’s offensive woes in the playoff series was a lack of two-way players, those who can play both offense and defense.
by Mel Bracht Published: April 24, 2014

Barkley noted the Thunder “had the psychological thing going on. “They are struggling to find their identity right now. ...They got to get the tempo of the game speed up. If Oklahoma City doesn’t get to 100 points, I don’t think that they are going to win the game.”

FOX SPORTS OKLAHOMA

•Play-by-play announcer Brian Davis marveling at Russell Westbrook’s four-point play in the final minute that tied the game, which the announcers made their OG&E Wind Power Play of the Game: “Wow! Shades of Durant’s four-point play in the closing stages Monday. But this was in full stride.”

•Studio analyst Nancy Lieberman’s postgame analysis of the Thunder: “They did a great job on the boards. The one thing that hurt them was the turnovers, points off turnovers. At last count, that was 22.”

•Game analyst Grant Long on Durant’s resilience: “I like the fact that he didn’t get discouraged. His teammates continued to lift him up and find ways to get him involved offensively.”

SHORT TAKES

•TNT’s telecast was marred by graphics glitches with the scoreboard box freezing up several times. It took producers several minutes to take it off the screen, and Albert failed to mention the problems.

•Former OSU standout Tony Allen hit his first five shots for Memphis, prompting an Albert outburst. “Tony Allen is on fire!”


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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