TNT's Shaquille O'Neal questions strategy of hacking Omer Asik

REMOTE PATROL — Shaquille O'Neal, who knows something about being hacked, said Asik was beginning to feel comfortable on the free-throw line. Charles Barkley said the Thunder should have ditched the strategy after it cut the lead to six. “That's the mistake they made,” he said.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 2, 2013

--After TNT showed Westbrook in a suite, Webber said, “You can only imagine the pain he is in mentally and physically not being able to help his team.”

--After Derek Fisher took a charge. “Fisher is one of the best floppers in the game and he is one of the best defenders as well.”

-- On the Rockets' loose demeanor. “Can you tell me who has nothing to lose? They are playing like it. Letting it go.”

-- On guard play. “The guards of Houston Rockets are so much quicker than the guards of OKC.”

--Webber ripped Deandre Liggins for failing to guard Harden near the end of the third quarter. Harden let the ball roll up the court, setting up a two-for-one, the  drilled a 3.

 

Halftime comments

At halftime, Barkley blamed the crowd for not inspiring the Thunder. “They have the best home court in the NBA and the crowd has been very lackadaisical and it's not giving them energy, in my opinion.”

 O'Neil said he didn't like the Thunder's body language. “Real players can't sleep before the game. They don't want to talk to no relatives. They can't wait to get to the game and they have a look of anger on their face.”

Kenny Smith said the young Rockets were getting “comfortable” taking three-point shots. “The reason they are making them is because they are comfortable making them, like Charles in a tie now, very comfortable.”

  

Short takes

—Patrick Beverley's first-quarter technical drew reaction from the analysts. Webber said he didn't think Beverley's play on Russell Westbrook in Game 2 or his elbow to Reggie Jackson on Wednesday night were dirty plays.

“Now Beverley needs to realize I got one technical and I need to calm down,” Webber said. “I've shown I can be tough and aggressive.”

“There is some trash being spoken tonight at Chesapeake Arena,” FSOK  announcer Brian Davis said. “The emotional intensity is palpable.”

--During a timeout in the third quarter, Brooks scolded his team: “We got to play with some passion. We got to play like we want to win this game. Play. Efficiency. Enthusiasm. Do it. You guys are capable of doing it.”


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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