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.”
Miller praised Tim Duncan’s dominance against Serge Ibaka in overtime: “Old Man Riverwalk is getting it done down low at the post.”
Kerr applauded Brooks’ play call on Westbrook’s drive in which he was fouled, setting up the game-tying free throws in regulation: “Really good play call from Scott Brooks. He ran Durant off a double-screen on one side, which totally opened up the floor on the right.”
•On the FSOK postgame show, studio analyst Nancy Lieberman noted the Thunder’s lack of depth. “They didn’t get any productivity off the bench, which is obviously a huge problem,” she said.
•TV voice Brian Davis called Westbrook the Thunder’s MVP for the game.
•TNT offered a highlight tribute to Kerr, which included video of his playing days, since it was his last broadcast for the network.
•TNT’s production crew had a rare miscue, missing a Durant 3-pointer while showing the replay of a Westbrook 3-pointer.
•Kerr and Albert said they thought Westbrook should be fined for flopping on a 3-point shot in the first quarter. Reviewing the play, they noted that Westbrook actually kicked out his leg.
•Miller on Reggie Jackson’s improved play: “It looks like Reggie Jackson is getting more confidence on that right ankle.”
•Miller on reporter David Aldridge’s first-quarter interviews with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich that usually produce only a few words from Popovich: “If there’s a Game 7, I just want those two to have a staredown, just look at one another.”
•At halftime, TNT noted the last Game 7 in a Western Conference Finals was the Lakers’ 112-106 victory over Sacramento in 2002. Shaquille O’Neal had 35 points, 13 rebounds and hit 11 of 15 free throws. Shaq boasted: “Shaqovich!”