Smith looked for silver lining for the Thunder in the loss, saying that holding Clippers center DeAndre Jordan to just five rebounds was a victory inside for Kendrick Perkins.
Jordan entered Game 1 with a 15.1 rebounds per game average this postseason.
“As much as we have joked about Kendrick Perkins at times on the show, I think he’s gonna be a valuable member,” Smith said. “DeAndre Jordan with only five rebounds in a blowout — he still played significant minutes — that’s key. Because he (Jordan) has to hit the offensive glass and defensive glass for them to win the series.”
CLIPPERS GET LOFTY COMPARISON FROM TNT’S KERR
Following a blistering first quarter from the Clippers in which they took a 14-point lead, TNT analyst Steve Kerr compared the Clippers to the San Antonio Spurs of 2012.
Remember that team? That season, the Spurs were playing brilliant offensive basketball in the first two games of the Western Conference finals against the Thunder before losing four games in a row.
“The Clippers move the ball like the Spurs do,” Kerr said during the second quarter. “I think it’s a similar challenge.
“The passing, the execution. This is everything the Clippers could want.”
One difference in this series and the Spurs-Thunder series of 2012 is the speed of both teams.
“In this series, unless you’re sure you’re gonna get an offensive board, you’ve got to get back,” Kerr said.
MARV ALBERT (UGLY) FACT OF THE NIGHT
At the 1:49 mark of the second quarter, veteran play-by-play man Marv Albert announced that the 67 points allowed in the half was the most given up in franchise history by the Thunder (since relocating to OKC). The Thunder ended up giving up 69 points in the first half.