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TNT comments from Game 2

John Rohde Published: April 25, 2013

Selected comments from TNT analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Mike Fratello on Game 2 of the OKC  Thunder-Houston Rockets playoffs series, which was won by the Thunder 105-102:

O’Neal on the Houston Rockets’ lineup change: “When you change your lineup after a disappointing loss, that’s just telling me you’re in slight panic mode. OKC has to continue to be passionate … and continue to bully the Houston guards because [James] Harden and [Jeremy] Lin don’t like pressure.”

Smith on the Rockets’ lineup change: “I don’t like the lineup change. The Rockets problem is that they turn the basketball over. They don’t take care of the basketball when the game is on the line. If they take care of the basketball, they don’t have to change their lineup.”

Fratello on the Rockets first quarter of play: “The Rockets are doing exactly what they wanted to do. They’ve attacked the rim, made threes and limited opportunities for the Thunder.”

Fratello on Thunder guard Russell Westbrook: “He’s got that toughness that keeps coming out every night.”

Smith on Houston’s lineup change and what that meant in the first half: “The offense is running through [Patrick] Beverley. It was more an offensive move than defensive.”

Barkley on Rockets head coach Kevin McHale’s Game 2 strategy:  “Kevin [McHale] took one of [Warriors head coach] Mark Jackson’s cues and said: ‘Let’s go offensive. We’re not stopping them with our regular team and [Patrick] Beverly is tough and competitive.’”

Fratello on the Rockets center Omer Asik: “He has woken up in the second half [seven points and 11 rebounds]. He was not nearly as aggressive in the first half.”

Fratello on McHale shaking up his game plan by playing a zone defense in the fourth quarter: “He went to the zone and stayed with it. You see the effect of the zone; it really slowed down and bothered the Thunder.”

Fratello on Thunder forward Serge Ibaka’s 15-foot jump shot: “He’s gotten better and better. All season long he’s gotten better at it.”

Barkley on Westbrook: “This guy [Russell Westbrook] might be the fastest guy that’s ever played in the NBA.”

O’Neal on the Houston Rockets: “If they can come into Game 3 with a little chip on their shoulder…they may have a chance [to win].”



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