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TNT's Charles Barkley lays into Rockets after Game 1 loss to Thunder

by Mel Bracht Published: April 22, 2013

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Anthony noted the teams had similar styles, but the Rockets couldn't execute as well. “It's always difficult when you what you do your opponent does better. That creates a lot of problems and makes you uncomfortable as a team.”

After Durant took a questionable charge on a Harden drive, Anthony said, “Here's your best player selling out to take the charge. That sets the example.”

Anthony noted the Thunder's regular-season nine-point differential was impressive. “Every team that was above nine has won the world championship.”

Eagle bragged about Ibaka's improved outside shooting. “He's a major athlete, already showing to be an elite shot blocker and now he's become a weapon from the perimeter. Remember, he's only 23.”

Short takes

*At halftime, Shaquille O'Neal also complimented Ibaka. “Serge Ibaka is one of the few players in the NBA who is a bona fide superstar without his play being called all the time. He is a hustler. There (on a highlight) you see his blocked shot setting up a fast break for Oklahoma City.”

*Barkley said James Harden started the game “too ramped up” leading to the Rockets' slow start. “He was pressing at the start. He was kind of forcing himself. Then he finally settled down and got going.”

*TNT spent several minutes showing highlights of the performing dogs show, the winners of last year's “America's Got Talent” competition, and then showed a photo of Barkley and his two dogs.

*During the game FSOK game broadcast, Long complimented the Thunder's bench. “The contribution from the bench has moved the scoreboard.”

*On TNT's Milwaukee-Miami telecast, Kevin Harlan marveled at the play of Chris Andersen, “The Birdman,” who played in Oklahoma City with the Hornets. After a Birdman dunk, he said, “Here's the Birdman flapping his wings and soaring for a sweet dunk. When you're aerodynamically designed with that (Mohawk) hairdo, you can do that kind of thing.”

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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