*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.”
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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.”
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.”