Remote Patrol: Charles Barkley criticizes the Thunder's bench, half-court offense

TNT analyst says OKC won’t win ‘unless they fix their half-court offense.’
by Mel Bracht Published: June 1, 2014


photo - San Antonio's Marco Belinelli (3) leaps past Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher (6) as he sets up to shoot a 3-pointer during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Oklahoma City lost 112-107. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
San Antonio's Marco Belinelli (3) leaps past Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher (6) as he sets up to shoot a 3-pointer during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Oklahoma City lost 112-107. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.”

Short takes

•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!”

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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