Thunder-Lakers remote patrol: Charles Barkley right in pregame analysis, talks about possibility of OKC trip

TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley was right in his pregame analysis. He said if the Thunder scored 100 points, it would win Game 4.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 20, 2012
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TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley was right in his pregame analysis. He said if the Thunder scored 100 points, it would win Game 4. The team totaled 103 and took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series in another exciting comeback win that TNT captured well.

And finally, Barkley is talking about coming to Oklahoma City for the Western Conference finals – a promise he has yet to make good on. TNT will have exclusive coverage of the Western Conference finals.

“I got to get some new cowboy boots for OKC,” he said on the postgame show. “Have you ever seen a black in a Western?”

His studio mates noted that occurred in Mel Brooks' “Blazing Saddles.”

TNT play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan acknowledged another miraculous comeback by the Thunder.

“The Thunder has broken the collective hearts of the Lakers for the second time in the four-game series,” he said.

Harlan, the son of former Green Bay Packers executive Bob Harlan, was at his best in calling Kevin Durant's go-ahead 3-point shot with 13.7 second left.

“This is for the lead. Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, with a feathery 3-point jumper that puts the Thunder ahead.”

Barkley credited Russell Westbrook for getting the Thunder back in the game.

“Russell Westbrook was fantastic. He kept him in the game when everyone else was struggling,” he said. “Kevin Durant was a great finisher.”

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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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