On TNT’s postgame show Saturday night after the Spurs’ 112-107 overtime win over the Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, studio analyst Charles Barkley noted the Thunder needed to develop a better bench and half-court offense for the team to get to the next level.
“Derek Fisher, who is older than dirt, he is the only guy off the bench that scored. That cannot happen,” Barkley said.
“Until they fix their half-court offense, they are not going to win. They haven’t addressed it in three years. I said the same thing three years ago. … At some point you got to get easy baskets.”
Barkley also criticized Kevin Durant for failing to develop a low-post game: “He lets little guys guard him. He’s 7 feet tall.”
However, Barkley offered high praise for Russell Westbrook: “We criticize Westbrook a lot. He takes bad shots. ... He’s a soldier, man. He can play with Chuck (Barkley) any day. This guy is scary talented.”
Analyst Kenny Smith said Thunder coach Scott Brooks needs to demand more from Durant and Westbrook “in knowing time, clock and game situations… I think they rely on the fact that I think I am better than you, I think I can score right now. There has to be more discipline and Scott Brooks has to demand it.”
Game analyst Steve Kerr questioned Westbrook’s 3-point attempt late in overtime that went over the backboard: “I don’t understand that. I think you have to attack unless there’s something there.”
Both Reggie Miller and Kerr noted that the officials missed a late goaltending call on Serge Ibaka after he blocked a shot after it hit the backboard. Kerr then said the officials didn’t call an apparent blocking foul on Tim Duncan as sort of a makeup call.
“The officials, I think, knew they missed the goaltending call. … They (The Spurs) are going to get the benefit of the doubt on the next call,” Kerr said.
Play-by-play announcer Marv Albert then noted to Kerr, the new Golden State Warriors coach: “You’re going to get it next season.”