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.”
→Barkley picked the Cavs to finish off the Celtics easily.