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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

He also took a shot at Kobe Bryant for continuing to shoot when he was cold (2 of 10) in the fourth quarter.

“He took a lot of terrible shots,” Barkley said.

Analyst Shaquille O'Neal credited the Thunder's composure in becoming the first team to rally from a nine-point deficit against the host the Lakers for a victory since 1983. “I did not see one ounce of panic in this young team,” he said.

A TNT graphic in the fourth-quarter showed the Thunder already had won five playoff games by six points or less. “This team is playoff tested,” game analyst Reggie Miller said.

Steve Kerr joined the team of Harlan, Miller and sideline reporter Craig Sager in providing superb commentary. TNT, however, had to bring up the Thunder's move from Seattle, even though the Thunder has played four seasons in Oklahoma City. A graphic noted that the franchise had lost 14 straight playoff games in Los Angeles.

“Out of respect for Seattle SuperSonics fans, I'm going to wipe out that claim. As for the team in Oklahoma City, it's totally separate. They got up and moved, and we can't connect that.”

He also said Seattle fans have to be shaking their heads over the Thunder's potential.

“They left you. They broke your heart.”

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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