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by Mel Bracht Published: April 26, 2011
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/articleid/3562142/1/pictures/1402688">Photo - Denver Nuggets guard Raymond Felton (20) knocks the ball from the hands of Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) during the first half in game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 25, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Nuggets guard Raymond Felton (20) knocks the ball from the hands of Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) during the first half in game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 25, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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.”

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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