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TNT's Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley squabble over Kevin Durant's missed shot

REMOTE PATROL — The two and Kenny Smith all agreed that Durant was tired in trying to carry the scoring load by himself. “When you get out of rhythm, it's tough, man,” Barkley said. … He's going to get some blame. He doesn't deserve it. It's hard to be a one-man wrecking crew every night.”
by Mel Bracht Published: May 16, 2013

/articleid/3815458/1/pictures/2062481">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball from between Memphis' Marc Gasol (33) and Zach Randolph (50) during Game 5 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Memphis won 88-84.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball from between Memphis' Marc Gasol (33) and Zach Randolph (50) during Game 5 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Memphis won 88-84. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

*On Memphis guard Mike Conley's driving ability: “He is so slick going to his off hand in the paint, sneaky fast … He has developed into a much more confident offensive player.”

*On Durant's poor shooting in the second quarter: “I don't know if I've seen Kevin Durant so frustrated in a basketball game. They are banging and holding him, just making it so difficult.”

*On Nick Collison's quick three fouls: “Some of his fouls, he needs to cut out. They need him on the floor. … He gives them a little more offensive than (Kendrick) Perkins.”

*After Memphis forward Tayshaun Prince slammed home a dunk over Perkins and Ibaka: “I didn't know he had the lift in him, the old-timer.”

*On the Grizzlies improved play following the trade of Rudy Gay: “Interesting enough, you can lose a 2o-point scorer and in some strange way, be a better team.” He also noted that Prince fit in better with the team than Gay: “He doesn't demand as many shot attempts.”

 

Wired for sound

In the second quarter, TNT showed Brooks in the huddle praising Derek Fisher's hustle in trying to inspire his team.

“Fisher's play right there, that was an inspirational moment. He had no business getting that long rebound, then he had the wherewithal to make the long pass to K-Mart. Those are the plays we got to continue to make.”

Halftime comments

 Barkley blasted the Thunder game plan and the play of its big men.

“No. 1, my boy Scotty Brooks got the worst game plan, going to Kevin Durant every single play time with three guys hanging over him. It's a horrible game plan.”

 After showing a highlight of Randolph going to his right then shifting to his left, he chided Perkins for taking the move. “The guy is left-handed. … The guy wants to come back to his left, idiots.”

Kenny Smith on his big picture segment, showed Randolph battling for position to set up an easy bucket.

 “It's all about position. He's fighting for position. He's fighting for inches. Once you get into the lane, he has them … I don't care how high you jump, you can't guard him. Those inches mean buckets.”

 O'Neal said his advice on defending Randolph, “I would jam him up and make him go one way.”

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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