NBA Playoffs On TNT Notes: “Every time Tyson Chandler gets a paycheck, he should take Chris Paul out to dinner.”

How many points is Chris Paul adding to Tyson Chandler’s career total?

Barkley on the Mavericks at practice: “Maybe (the Mavericks) were talking about where they are going to go on vacation after the game, because they are going to lose tonight.”

Barkley on the New Orleans Hornets: “The New Orleans Hornets, I underrated them. Of all the series going into the playoffs I said the only thing that I’m pretty sure about is that the Mavericks will beat the Hornets and I was 100% wrong …I was wrong about on Denver too, I thought they would have at least put on a fight, but they just quit like dogs. The reality is if you watch (the New Orleans/Dallas) series the New Orleans Hornets have a better team.”

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Game #1: Dallas Mavericks (94) @ New Orleans Hornets (99) – New Orleans wins the series 4-1

Announcers: Matt Devlin and Mike Dunleavy, with Pam Oliver reporting

Dunleavy on Mavericks guard Jason Kidd: “(Jason Kidd) needs to be more aggressive. (The Mavericks) need someone else in this series besides (Dirk) Nowitzki and (Jason) Terry to score.”

Dunleavy on Kidd’s flagrant foul on Hornets guard Jannero Pargo in Game #4: “That had WWF qualities…I think New Orleans handled it the best way, they said, ‘We want to beat you at full strength, we don’t want any asterisk by us.'”

Dunleavy on Mavericks guard/forward Jerry Stackhouse: “When a guy gets easy shots around the basket it is like a shark tasting blood. (Jerry) Stackhouse has smaller guys on him all the time…Chris Paul in the low post guarding Stackhouse, that’s a tough match up.”

Dunleavy on Hornets guard Chris Paul: “(Chris Paul) is so calm out there, he just waits for the defender to come and makes the easy play…What I like about Paul is that all he is doing is trying to do is get better shots for his teammates. He’s passed up about five shots to try and get his guys involved.”

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Johnson, Smith and Barkley

Smith on the Dallas Mavericks: “(The Mavericks) don’t recognize the mismatch on the offensive end, but I also don’t think they recognize mismatches on the defensive end and give up wide open shots.”

Barkley on Hornets center Tyson Chandler: “(Tyson Chandler) is so active. To me, he is the best offensive rebounder in the NBA. (Erick Dampier) is an older guy, he is doing what he has to do, hold on.”

Barkley on Hornets guard Chris Paul: “A lot of guys try to make an impact on the game by scoring, (Chris Paul) is doing what a great leader should do. (He’s saying), ‘I can get mine, let me get these other guys going.'”

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Dunleavy on Hornets forward David West: “These are all tough shots by David West. He is showing his mental toughness here, he is willing his team to win.”

TNT’s Pam Oliver interviewed Hornets head coach Bryon Scott following the third quarter

Scott on his team’s poor defense to start the second half: “The last thing I said before we came out of the locker room was, ‘Don’t come out soft,’ and we did. We left Jason Kidd open for two open shots.”

Dunleavy on the Hornets: “This team has been embraced by this city. It’s a football city, but they’re now a basketball city.”

Dunleavy on Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki: “(The Hornets) come and double team before (Dirk Nowitzki) has a chance to put the ball on the floor…He is so hurried on his shots because he knows the double teams are coming.”

TNT’s Pam Oliver interviewed Hornets guard Chris Paul following the series clinching win.

Paul on what he learned about his team this series: “That we are going to fight, we’re always going to fight no matter what the environment is, especially on the road…We really stick together and that is what makes this team special.”

Paul on the city of New Orleans: “Everything that we’ve done this year has been about this city. It’s about rebuilding the city of New Orleans. The fans have been here for us. They’re the reason why we’re playing so well.”

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Johnson, Smith and Barkley

Barkley on Hornets head coach Byron Scott: “For some reason we never talk about Byron Scott being one of the best coaches in the league. He won the coach of the year tonight, he took New Jersey to the NBA Finals twice and he has done a hell of a job in New Orleans.”

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Game #2: Phoenix Suns (87) @ San Antonio Spurs (92) – Spurs win the series 4-1

Announcers: Kevin Harlan and Doug Collins, David Aldridge reporting

Collins on the Spurs needing to close out the Suns: “With the Hornets winning (the Spurs) need to win tonight. They do not want to get into a Game #6 in Phoenix…this is an older team that needs rest.”

Collins on Spurs guard Tony Parker: “Tony Parker has great confidence against Steve Nash. He feels like if he gets the ball in the open court or has a chance to attack him he knows that if he gets into the open court that Steve Nash can not bother his shot.”

Suns guard Steve Nash on enjoying the underdog role of being down 3-1 in the series: “You can’t lose sight of the fact that this is a game and that we play this game to have fun, and what could be more fun that going into another team’s building and beating them. That’s fun. We have a great opportunity to have a lot of fun. We’re in a tough position but we have to make it one that is enjoyable to us and have an ‘us-against-the-world’ attitude.”

Collins on what series losses to Dallas and Phoenix mean to their franchises: “I think you can compare (Phoenix losing in the first round) to what happened to the Dallas Mavericks, I think that’s a franchise defining series as well. Steve Kerr and the Suns and Mark Cuban will have a lot to think about in the offseason.”

Collins on Suns forward Amare Stoudemire: “Amare Stoudemire is such a high activity player. He can get you 25 points without you really having to run many plays for him.”

Collins on Suns forward/center Boris Diaw: “(Boris Diaw) is decisive, you don’t see him looking to pass, he’s looking to score. (Michael) Finley is too small, he can’t stop him.”

Collins on the Suns’ center Amare Stoudemire’s need to improve his rebounding: “Amare (Stoudemire) has got to do a better job on the backboard…He is a brilliant scorer, (but) with his quickness his hands, his speed, he needs to be a double digit rebounder.”

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Johnson, Smith and Barkley

Smith on Suns forward/center Boris Diaw being dubbed a ‘stopper’ for Spurs guard Tony Parker after Game #4: “It was overrated , what (Boris Diaw) did, it was more of a case of help defense. He did nothing to stop Tony Parker from getting to the basket, and tonight Tony Parker gets to the basket when he wants, last game he was just missing shots.”

Barkley on how Boris Diaw’s offense takes away from the Suns tandem of Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire: “When they give the ball to (Boris) Diaw, even now they are scoring, it takes away the aggressiveness of Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire. One thing I know about Amare Stoudemire if he can’t score he gets bored.”

Barkley on the Houston Rockets: “No matter what happens I have to take my hat off to the Houston Rockets, Tracy McGrady, Rick Adelman, they’ve got some heart.”

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Harlan: “And Shaq with a minor foul on Tim Duncan.”

Collins: “Easy for you to say, Shaq hits Duncan in the face…That’s sort of like minor surgery, that’s when it’s on somebody else.”

Collins on Suns guard Steve Nash: “(Steve Nash) has never really been in the rhythm of this game tonight. Steve is so used to having that ball in his hands and coming down and probing. Phoenix feels as if they have a mismatch with (Boris) Diaw but they need Steve to get involved to have a shot tonight.”

Collins on Suns guard Raja Bell: “(Raja Bell’s) so important to this team, he brings a real toughness to them on the defensive end. When he’s making shots he really enlivens them.”

Collins on Spurs guard Manu Ginobili: “(Maun Ginobili) is relentless. Even though he has not had any luck tonight finding any offense, a lot of that goes to the Phoenix Suns defense, they’ve done a wonderful job. He’s just going to keep coming at you, he’s going to attack you, he’s going to get to the rim.”

Collins on lost opportunities by the Suns: “This is Heartbreak Hotel if you’re the Phoenix Suns. Once again the Phoenix Suns will get their hearts broken by the San Antonio Spurs….and they are going to look back on this series, Game #1 and #5, critical mistakes down the stretch. They didn’t handle their business and the Spurs came up with big plays down the stretch.”

TNT’s David Aldridge interviewed Spurs guard Tony Parker following the series clinching win.

Parker on Spurs teammate Manu Ginobili: “Manu (Ginobili) didn’t have his best game but he made some big free throws and that’s what we love about Manu, he plays hard, he has great energy and he plays great defense.”

Parker on the Spurs getting some rest before beginning their series vs. New Orleans Hornets: “We need some rest; we’ve got a lot of old guys on this team. We are going to definitely need that rest and now it’s New Orleans and they are very, very good. I can’t wait, it’s going to be a great challenge for me to play against (Hornets guard) Chris Paul.”

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Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai

Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley

Barkley on the New Orleans Hornets: “I’m not sleeping on the New Orleans Hornets (any) more. Chris Paul, David West, (Tyson) Chandler and Coach (Byron) Scott have made a believer out of me. The series (against the Spurs) is going to be a long series…my gut pick is the New Orleans Hornets.”

Smith on why the big trades by the Mavericks and Suns in the regular season might have hurt them: “Dallas and Phoenix are two franchises that made two monumental trades trying to go for it all, but the one thing that happened was that the teams that had been together and played together longer prevailed. To me, the reason (the Suns and Mavericks lost) was they didn’t execute down the stretch and they didn’t have a familiarity (with each other) to make plays down the stretch. The Lakers are the only team, with Pau Gasol, that still execute well down the stretch, they were able to figure that out.”

Barkley on if the Suns and Mavericks should make coaching changes following their first round exits: “I think (Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni) and (Mavericks head coach) Avery Johnson are in trouble because that’s the way our business is. Everybody wants instant gratification. I don’t think either one of those guys should be fired. I think that their teams are not good enough to beat the teams they played against. Unfortunately, we are in this cycle where coaches are going to get fired if they don’t win the ‘big one’ especially if they have good team every year.”

Barkley on the Phoenix Suns: “(The Suns) have had enough talent the last five years to win an NBA Championship, but their system of trying to outscore people doesn’t work in the playoffs when they play against good teams every single night. The series (against the Spurs) was a heck of a series, my only problem with (Suns head) Coach D’Antoni is they haven’t gotten better defensively in the last three or four years. To bring Shaq (O’Neal) in on the fly and ask him to plug all the holes on defense and rebound is unfair to Shaq. Steve Nash made a lot of mistakes down the stretch and he can’t guard Tony Parker. Don’t blame all of his on Shaq.”

Smith on the Houston Rockets’ confidence level after their Game #5 win over Utah: “The Rockets just need to win one more game to get (the series) back home (in Houston for Game #6). If they can get it back home, anything can happen. The confidence level going into Game #5 was less than going into Game #6. In Game #6 all you have to do is get the series back home. If you have the whole team thinking that same way, that’s a tough team to beat.”

TNT’s Dei Lynam interviewed Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups following their Game #5 win over the 76ers.

Billups on playing Game #6 against the 76ers: “(Elimination games) are a lot tougher on the road but that’s what we love. We love playing in a tough environment. This game is going to be tough because (the Sixers) are going to be fighting, scratching and clawing trying to keep their season alive. (It) should be a great challenge for us.”

Various players gave their thoughts on the Hawks Game #4 win over the Celtics sending the series back to Boston for Game #5

Hawks forward Josh Smith: “(Game #4) was unbelievable. Our teammates have confidence in each other, and they just put (their confidence) in me and everybody else and it was just our night.”

Hawks guard Joe Johnson: “I’m just so proud (of my teammates) to give the fans something to be excited about. They have been waiting for quite some time now and I’m glad that we could bring (excitement) back.”

Celtics guard Sam Cassell: “(The Hawks) held serve. They won their two games at home like we did. We plan on winning all four (home games). They threw a monkey-wrench into our game-plan, which happens sometimes. It is what it is.”

Smith on what the Hawks have that the Celtics don’t have: “(The Hawks) are going to be more athletic, they’re going to be able to contest Kevin Garnett in the paint, they are going to block shots and they can run out on you. So no matter what the game-plan is for Boston, they can’t stop those four things. Now Atlanta has to realize that no matter what happens they have those four things. That’s why I thought this (series) would be tough because those are the four things that Boston is lacking. They can’t get quicker, stronger and jump higher overnight, but can the (Hawks) win doing that? That’s the question.”

Barkley on Hornets center Tyson Chandler: “Every time Tyson Chandler gets a paycheck, he should take Chris Paul out to dinner.


Teams Battle for Survival as NBA Playoffs Action Continues on TNT

Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade joins the studio as a guest analyst this Thursday

TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs continues on Wed., April 30 at 6 p.m. ET with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers trying to eliminate Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards in Game #5 of the series. Calling the action will be Marv Albert (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Marty Snider (reporter). At 8:30 p.m. ET, Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks look to continue their momentum against Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics in Game #5 of their series. Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter) will be courtside. The night will conclude with the Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA with Ernie Johnson (host), Kenny Smith (analyst) and Charles Barkley (analyst).

NBA action on TNT continues on Thu., April 30 with Chauncey Billups and the Detroit Pistons traveling to Philadelphia attempting to oust Andre Iguodala and the 76ers from the playoffs in Game #6 of the series. Calling the action will be Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst) and Dei Lynam (reporter). Following the game, Miami Heat All-Star and 2006 NBA Champion Dwyane Wade will join Johnson, Smith and Barkley to break down the action on Inside the NBA.

Exclusive content, analysis from TNT announcers and replays of Inside the NBA are available on TNT OverTime on The broadband channel offers an all-access pass to the excitement and drama of the NBA Playoffs, with special features and contributions from NBA players being added throughout the postseason.




Wed., April 30

6 p.m. Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers (Game #5)

Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Marty Snider (reporter)

8:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks @ Boston Celtics (Game #5)

Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai

Ernie Johnson (host), Kenny Smith (analyst) and Charles Barkley (analyst)

Thu., May 1

8 p.m. Detroit Pistons @ Philadelphia 76ers (Game #6)

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst) and Dei Lynam (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai

Ernie Johnson (host), Kenny Smith (analyst), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Dwyane Wade (guest analyst)

8 Responses to “NBA Playoffs On TNT Notes: “Every time Tyson Chandler gets a paycheck, he should take Chris Paul out to dinner.””

  1. origin says:

    Mizzo avery johnson is out as the mavs coach.

    Also Chandle should thank CP3. But he should also thank that dumb GM and owner for trading him to NO for PJ brown!!!


    And who did my Bulls trade Elton Brand for???? Why Tyson chandler.

    I swear is there any doubt that my Bulls are the most poorly ran team in the NBA.

  2. origin says:

    Please oh please NBA don’t give my bulls the top 2 picks.

    I don’t want to see Rose or Beasley’s careers ruined.

  3. Mizzo says:

    Damn…thanks for the link O.

    You are right about Chandler. He’s a very happy man right now on the court and in the locker room.

    Reverse psychology brotha? Rose has to go to Chitown. He’d be perfect there.

  4. DavidMac says:

    I hate the see Avery go, but he should have game planned around the talent he had. He never adjusted his style to fit the players.

  5. origin says:

    Davidmac its nothing to adjust to. When you PF and C don’t score in the paint.

    What can you do when your PF plays on the perimeter and after 10 years still can’t dribble.

    What can you do when your team starts 2 I repeat 2…..7 foot big men (Dirk and Damp) and never blcok shots or change shots in the pain. But let a small 6 foot PG by the name on CP3 go to the hole time and time again and never get his shot blocked.

    A superstar PF who doesn’t even care to play defense. He is so bad on defense you have to hde him every game.

    Thats what happened inteh NO series. Dirk couldn’t guard david west so Damp had toguard him. Damp is too slow to guard him.
    Then you had Dirk guading Chandler who he out weighs. Yet dirk never put a body o chandler skinny @ss. So chandler was gettng rebound after rebound.

    Avery was screwed from the start. The fans and the owner won’t trade the weak link Dirk for Kobe nope. For Garnett nope.

    So this wa bound to happen.

    Now lets see what happens brotha Mizzo. He is a top 10 coach. But we know black coaches in the NBA (Even though they get more opportunities then any other league) don’t get to coach the top notchteams like their whte counterparts.

    Its a shame that he will probably take one of the crappy team coach openings. Memphis, NY, Chicago and etc.

  6. DavidMac says:

    Avery knows the deficiencies of Dirk, so to act like they were going to disappear is foolish. NO whooped that ass already this year, they still could not form an effective offensive gameplan to attack them. You can cry about Dirk and Damp all you want, Avery could have done more coaching and strategizing, but the team had already quit on him so the point is moot.

    Avery will probably end up in PHX or something, hell maybe Atlanta.

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  8. 19082008 says:

    I’m heartbroken — I truly wanted the Suns to advance. I just have never gotten with the Spurs, although Duncan is beautifully fundamentally sound. I hope that Shaq realizes that the end may be near and that he really tries to be conditioned, but as a Shaqologist since his LSU days, that’s probably not a realistic approach.