At halftime, TNT analyst Charles Barkley teed off on the Mavs. “Dallas is too old and they're not quick enough,” he said. “The Mavs had a great run, but they just got old quick.”
After host Ernie Johnson noted they were the oldest team in the league, Barkley quipped, “Good thing they are going to get some rest after their next game,” referring to a possible sweep.
Playing on the fact that Sprint was the sponsor, Barkley compared the Thunder to a slick phone and “and the Mavs are more like that landline with a rotary phone.”
He even had some good things to say about the Thunder's jump shooting, which he normally believes is overdone. “Ernie, this team when they are making jump shots, they are scary.”
Shaquille O'Neal noted the Thunder has dominated the Mavs all season. “We've all been through this and Dallas has just met their match. Yes, they're old and yes, it's time for a change, but Oklahoma City just has their number.”
Surprised by 3-0 lead
At the end of the game, Fox Sports Oklahoma play-by-play announcer Brian Davis admitted he was a bit surprised by the 3-0 lead and asked Thunder fans to raise their hands if they thought the team would be in position for a sweep.
“Honestly, I didn't think so,” he said.
Analyst Grant Long was impressed with the Thunder's attitude going into the game.
“I think the thing that you have to be impressed with is the approach these young players had to enter the ballgame.”
He also complimented the Thunder's defense on Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki, who struggled with his shooting.
“Let's be real,” he said. “Physical play hurts this guy.”