Remote patrol: Broadcast team applauds Thunder crowd

by Mel Bracht Published: May 15, 2011
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* Van Gundy on the Oklahoma City Arena crowd: “I put this one up with anybody” he said in discussing the NBA's loudest arenas. “These fans have been basically standing the entire second half.” Breen at the close of the broadcast called it “one of the best crowds in professional sports.”

SHORT TAKES

* In a “Wired” segment during a timeout midway through the third quarter, Thunder coach Scott Brooks implored his team to pull away from the Grizzlies. And they did just minutes later with a 13-2 run. “Guys, we've been in a position a couple of times when we make a 4-2 run, a 6-4 run. Let's go on a 10-2 run. Finish this club off.”

* Game 1 of the Western Conference finals will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN, preceded by the NBA Draft lottery at 7:30 p.m.

* At halftime, analyst Magic Johnson complimented the play of Collison and James Harden. Magic noted the Thunder played better with them in the lineup instead of starters Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha. “They run more and drive and kick better,” he said. “If they win this series, against Dallas, these guys are going to have to play more.”

* Van Gundy complimented Seattle, previous home of the Thunder franchise. “There really should be an NBA team and an NBA-type arena in Seattle. That's a great place to play basketball.”

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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