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Remote patrol: Kevin McHale says OKC ‘did a little too much celebrating the last couple minutes'

by Mel Bracht Published: May 12, 2011

/articleid/3567233/1/pictures/1416107">Photo - Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha (2) dunks the ball beside Zach Randolph (50) of Memphis during game five of the Western Conference semifinals between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA basketball playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha (2) dunks the ball beside Zach Randolph (50) of Memphis during game five of the Western Conference semifinals between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA basketball playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

*After sideline reporter Marty Snider's report on Kendrick Perkins' tenure as a towering altar boy while growing up in Beaumont, Texas, Fratello had some fun with a picture of Perkins in his altar boy robe. “With that look that he's got, you better ante up when the basket comes around,” he said. “You better make a big contribution with him staring at you like that.”

*In questioning a technical foul on Serge Ibaka for protesting an out-of-bounds call, Fratello said, “Are they trying to turn every player into an altar boy?”

*During an “Inside Trax” segment early in the second quarter, Thunder coach Scott Brooks praised his team's defensive effort. “Guys, defense is fantastic,” he said. “Keep the energy up on the defensive end. Our shorts are going to fall.”

*The game was Turner Broadcasting's 1,000th NBA playoffs telecast in the company's 27 years of covering the league. Turner's first telecast in 1985 featured Barkley, then a Philadelphia 76ers rookie, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a game against the Washington Bullets.

*In the postgame, Thunder radio broadcaster Matt Pinto noted afternoon thunderstorms in the state “may have been an omen for Lionel Hollins' Memphis Grizzlies.”

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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