Remote patrol: Charles Barkley says OKC Thunder got out of effective offense in second half

Barkley: “I think they played a perfect first half, moving the ball and being aggressive and then in the second half they went back to the 4-4 iso game.”
by Mel Bracht Modified: May 14, 2013 at 1:20 am •  Published: May 14, 2013
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After Derek Fisher's inbounds pass to Kevin Martin was stolen by Tony Allen, Fratello said, “The only guy that knew it was going there was Tony Allen.”

His overall assessment at the end of the game. “Well as (Thunder coach) Scott Brooks said, we're not giving up on the defensive end. They found a way to hang in there, giving them a chance to win.”

COACHING CLOSE UP

TNT showed Memphis coach Lionel Hollins used a boxing analogy in addressing his team in a time out after the Thunder had pulled out to a 15-point lead in the second quarter. “They got a good plan. They hit us with a right cross. What are you going to do? Count it out and lay on the mat or get up and fight? The only way you're going to fight is with strong defense, rebounding and by being aggressive on offense.”

HALFTIME COMMENTS

O'Neal credited Ibaka's hot shooting in the first half. “This guy is killing it. If he is hitting that shot, they can be a dangerous team.”

Smith praised the Thunder offense for getting some easy shots and second-chance points. “If Oklahoma City can get 16 or 18 points with that type of effort, they can compete with Memphis.”

Barkley said he was glad to see the Thunder move away from using Durant as a point of forward. “Don't get it to him at the top of the key. No one is going to score one on five all the time.”

However, he and Shaq agreed the Thunder's eight-point lead might not hold up.

“If I'm Oklahoma City, I'm a little concerned. They should be up more than eight points.”

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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