At halftime of the Lakers-Spurs telecast, TNT analyst Charles Barkley credited Rockets coach Kevin McHale for making key adjustments.
“Give the shout out to my man Kevin McHale. He went to the zone defense, and the zone was awesome tonight. Mark Jackson (Golden State coach) and Kevin McHale have coached their team the last two nights. Great adjustments.”
Barkley is still expecting a “quick” series, with the Thunder winning 4-1.
*TNT had an interesting shot of Kendrick Perkins clearly holding Rockets forward Chandler Parsons as Sefolosha hit the crucial three, and then Parsons complaining to the officials.
*During a timeout, TNT showed Thunder coach Scott Brooks encouraging Kevin Martin to keep shooting. “K-Mart, shoot the ball. I don't care if you're 1 for 12, shoot the ball. I believe in you. Everybody believes in you.”
*Fox Sports Oklahoma made Serge Ibaka its Player of the Game for compiling 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. He also made the Thunder's final field goal on a 20-foot jumper. “That's a big-time shot by Ibaka,” analyst Grant Long said.
*In the postgame show, FSOK analyst Nancy Lieberman, a Basketball Hall of Famer, credited the Thunder's poise and Brooks' coaching. “You saw tremendous experience, no panic, execution and through the course of the game, Scott Brooks impressed me so much,” she said, noting Brooks' plays after timeouts.