Remote Patrol: Charles Barkley only 'Inside the NBA' analyst picking Thunder over Spurs

Charles Barkley said the Thunder is “night and day” better with Serge Ibaka back in the lineup. “They beat them 4-zip for a reason,” Barkley said about the Thunder’s regular-season record against the Spurs.
by Mel Bracht Modified: May 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014

Later he added, “To me this is the best game Russell Westbrook has played in his career.”

Game analyst Reggie Miller said Westbrook “is having one of those Swiss Army knife games,” referring to his versatility with 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals to go with his 40 points.

Play-by-play announcer Marv Albert noted that Westbrook was “unstoppable” on his drives. At which point, Miller referred to them as “California stops,” wondering “if he ever stops.”

SHORT TAKES

•Kerr on what the Spurs need to do to win Game 5: “The only way you can beat Oklahoma City is with ball movement. But that message has got to get through in the next 48 hours.”

•Miller in discussing Jackson’s ankle injury noted: “No one is ever going to believe their medical reports anymore,” referring to Ibaka’s quick recovery.”

•Kerr on Thunder center Steven Adams: “Steven Adams looks like he’s going to be the starting center for the next decade.”

•Brooks to Lamb on an “Inside Trax”: “Relax, relax, relax. Be aggressive with the plays, relax.”

•Kerr on how he’s impressed with Brooks’ demeanor: “He has become poised and confident in what’s he doing.”

•Kerr on the Spurs having more turnovers than the Thunder midway through the second quarter: “San Antonio has to win the turnover battle because of the disparity in athleticism.”

•Brooks addressing his team at halftime. “Great half! Great half! … We have to come back with the same fire and intensity.”

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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