Thunder-Grizzlies: Broadcast calls of Jackson heroics were routine

REMOTE PATROL — The ESPN broadcast of Game 4 included a biblical reference from Doris Burke, who was criticized earlier this season for her perceived slight of Kevin Durant’s crediting Jesus Christ.
by Mel Bracht Published: April 27, 2014

Burke said, “The irony of that tweet to me, over the years Russell Westbrook has been a lightning rod and taken the lion’s share of criticism when his team has struggled. And the guy who has been most staunchly in his corner has been Scott Brooks.”

The ESPN cameras caught Brooks imploring Durant to get his offensive game going in the fourth quarter.

“Take over the fourth quarter! Impact with your defense and rebounding. Now impact with your playmaking and scoring.”

Brian Davis gives Derek Fisher standing ovation

Davis gave Derek Fisher a standing ovation when he Fisher entered the game, tying Robert Horry for most NBA playoff games with 244.

Long noted that Fisher had downplayed his role in a pregame interview. “He had a lot of gracious talk about his teammates, coaches and forth because it takes an entire unit as a team to get in that many playoff games.”

Davis on Westbrook blocking a Zack Randolph shot: “Westbrook came from nowhere to swat it.”

Davis on Jackson’s remarkable behind the back pass to Kendrick Perkins for a short jumper: “What a nifty pass… How about the behind-the-back shovel to Perkins on the sideline.”

Reserve forward Perry Jones photobombed the FSOK opening, with Davis noting that Long didn’t flinch despite the gesture.

Halftime

Analyst Doug Collins, a former NBA coach, noted the Thunder’s turnover woes hadn’t hurt the team. “Thirteen turnovers by Oklahoma City, but only four points off turnovers.”

He noted that Jackson and Caron Butler had combined for 17 of the Thunder’s 22 bench points. “The bench has actually outscored the starters.”

Analyst Bill Simmons picked the Thunder to win the game. “I think Memphis blew their chance. Oklahoma City wins. So congratulations Memphis, I’m always wrong.”

The show was marred when a light exploded. “They are shooting at us,” Simmon said.

Collins didn’t miss a beat and kept talking and noted he was “used to having stuff thrown at him.”

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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