That clicking sound you heard at 11 p.m. Tuesday were television sets being switched off at halftime of the Thunder-Lakers playoff series. After setting a team record with a combined 20.6 rating for Game 4 on Saturday night, the Thunder was headed for a much lower number after trailing 55-34 at halftime. The game was so lopsided TNT’s studio crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith barely mentioned it at halftime. Instead, TNT focused on Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James’ injured elbow and the Cavs’ upcoming series against Boston. "They are not the Hollywood team tonight,” Barkley said of the Lakers. "They are playing with a sense of urgency. Like I said, everyone was overreacting when it’s 2-2. They don’t have to win in Oklahoma City. When they are playing like this, they’re tough to beat.” Smith said, "Playoffs are about adjusting and advancing. It’s not about winning every game.” A nifty overhead shot on TNT of coach Scott Brooks addressing the Thunder early in the second quarter when the Thunder trailed 33-17 summed up the coach’s despair. "When was the last time we were being dictated by their players,” Brooks shouted. "Oh, no! We do not chase the ball. We stop the basketball. We defend the basketball. We control the ball. We take pride in defending the ball. We’re not doing any of that.”
Broadcast notes→Barkley picked the Cavs to finish off the Celtics easily. "I’ll bet anything I’ve got — all my houses, all my cars — if anyone wants to bet me.” →TNT analyst Doug Collins was interviewed by Thunder play-by-play announcer Brian Davis on the Fox Sports Oklahoma pregame show. "The thing I like about you (the Thunder) is your resilience, relentless play and the unbridled joy these guys have to play basketball.” →Late in the TNT broadcast, Collins told play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan he wasn’t expecting much of a game. "I told you today at breakfast we were going to have a clunker tonight,” he said. "The Lakers were going to roll.” →Asked if Brooks should burn the game film, Collins said he should show his team the first quarter. "That’s where they got out of the game. They were very excited.” →Before the game, FSOK had several shots of actor Sylvester Stallone in the stands. →In a pregame interview on FSOK, guard Russell Westbrook said playing the Lakers in Game 5 didn’t have any special meaning for him. He said it was important to continue to fast break. "We have to continue to play as we have all season, especially on the defensive end,” he said.