As the Thunder failed in their bid for a sweep, Fox Sports Oklahoma analyst Grant Long noted how hard it is to win the first four games of a series. “The percentages come into play, and at some point, the ultimate comes in – that's the pride of the other team.”
Spurs near elimination
The Memphis Grizzlies' 104-86 rout of the San Antonio Spurs stunned TNT game analyst Kevin McHale. “I'm surprised that Memphis has held this high-octane Spurs' offense down,” he said. “Their defense has been fantastic. … This has just been a dismantling of the Spurs tonight.”
Barkley said he wanted to give a shout out to Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace. “He's put together a big, athletic front line and he has some good guards.”
However, fellow studio analyst Kenny Smith said he wasn't ready to count out the Spurs, despite trailing 3-1 in the series – a deficit only eight NBA teams have overcome to win a series.
“I still think they can come back,” he said. “I know I sound crazy. I know it doesn't make sense.”
Replied Barkley, “Wanna bet?”
Earlier, Smith admitted the Spurs were getting old. “It's like watching Muhammad Ali in his last fight. But I hope they have one more rope-a-dope in them because I hate to see the champs lose.”