Remote patrol: Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy shine during Game 3

ABC/ESPN's top broadcast duo analyze Lakers win over OKC Thunder
by Mel Bracht Modified: May 19, 2012 at 2:13 am •  Published: May 19, 2012

Halftime show

ESPN's crew of Michael Wilbon, Magic Johnson, Jon Barry and Chris Broussard critiqued both teams. Broussard noted the Lakers had played well with 14 assists on 16 baskets, but led by only three points. He noted the Thunder's explosiveness and called them “a great fourth-quarter team. If I'm the Lakers, I want to get a little more cushion.”

Johnson said the pace in the second half would determine the outcome. “If it's an up-and-down pace, the Thunder wins. If it's a slower pace, it's for the Lakers.”

Barry complimented Harden: “He came in and settled things down.”

Short takes

*ESPN noted the hectic schedule at the Staples Center with six games in four days among the NBA's Lakers and Clippers and the NHL's Kings. Salters noted that the concession stands had stocked up with 21,600 hot dogs, 6,000 bags of peanuts, 2,200 caramel apples, 1,100 kegs of beer and 2,100 chicken wings. After Van Gundy said he didn't understand the lure of caramel apples, Breen said, “The kids love them. You were never really a kid.”

*Van Gundy noted that the network doesn't play the best comments during the “Wired” segments. He said the network should start a new “ABC/TruTV channel” that would include all the salty comments. “Now people would pay for that.”

*Breen complimented Derek Fisher's leadership skills and noted he occasionally addresses the team after practices and games. “Brooks can't believe how unbelievable his postgame speeches are.”

*Van Gundy on Westbrook. “He's a worker. When you're a worker, good things happen”

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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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