NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “It was a foul, but (Brent Barry) didn’t sell it.”

Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talked to TNT prior to Game #4

Jackson on San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s performance in Game #3: “The impact that (Manu) Ginobili had in the last 18 minutes of the first half (of Game 3) was tremendous. Every time we’d come back, he’d hit a three. We matched scores for a while and obviously, at the end of the half, we fell behind and stayed behind the rest of the game.”

Popvich on coaching Manu Ginobili: “I didn’t talk to (Manu Ginobili) about his first two games that weren’t that great. He’s a competitor and he’s going to do the best job that he can. He doesn’t need me to spur him on or give him a ‘Knute Rockne’ speech or anything like that. He’ll do whatever he does.”

Barkley on the Spurs changing their offensive game plan before Game 3: “When you’ve got (Tony) Parker and (Manu) Ginobili, they can get their own shots anytime they want to. Teams in the NBA, especially at this stage in the season, are so good defensively and they are going to load up on any special plays that you run. But you have to have the players.”

Miller on which Spurs are going to show up in Game 4: “When the Spurs lost Games 1 and 2, (critics said,) ‘They’re too old, they need to change their roster.’ When they won Game 3, it was ‘experience.’ Which one is it? Which team is going to show up? When they win, its experience. When they lose, they’re too old.”

Smith on the idea that the Spurs are too old: “(Tony) Parker and (Manu) Ginobili are not old. The guys (on the Spurs) who are old, (Robert) Horry and the rest of the gang, they don’t play more than 15 minutes. If they can’t play for 15 minutes, have a day off and come back and play…they shouldn’t be in the NBA.”

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic prior to Game #4

Vujacic on his assignment of guarding Manu Ginobili: “I know Manu (Ginobili) from Europe so I like the challenge and I accepted the challenge. I don’t care if I’m going to score tonight or not. He got hot (in Game 3) and our focus is going to be on him. (Lakers head coach) Phil (Jackson) sent me on a mission and I don’t want to let him down.”

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Game #3: San Antonio Spurs (91) @ L.A. Lakers (93) – The Lakers lead the series 3-1.

Announcers Marv Albert and Doug Collins; with Craig Sager reporting

Collins on Lakers forward Lamar Odom getting off to a good start from the free throw line: “It’s important for (Lamar) Odom to make free throws early because he needs to step up and see the ball go in the basket so he can stay aggressive.”

Collins on the Lakers taking advantage of when Tony Parker is out of the game: “The Lakers want to be aggressive and pressure the ball. Anytime (Tony) Parker goes out of the game, and (Brent) Barry is out there with (Manu) Ginobili and they have to orchestrate the offense, the Lakers want to pressure the ball. Push them out of their sweet spots and make it tough for them to run their offense.”

Collins on Lakers forward Luke Walton struggling against the Spurs: “(Luke Walton) has not played well in this series. I thought he played very well against Denver (in the first round) and he struggled against Utah (in the second round). (Lakers head coach) Phil Jackson thought (he struggled against Utah) because he had to play against (Utah Jazz forward) Matt Harpring, who really knocked him around inside. (The Lakers) need Luke Walton because he is so good at facilitating the triangle offense with his passing.”

Collins on what Spurs foward Robert Horry brings to the team: “(Robert Horry) is so important (to the Spurs). A big part of what he does is he brings great spacing onto the floor so if (Tony) Parker or (Manu) Ginobili penetrate or (Tim) Duncan posts-up, they have so much room to work (because of Horry).”

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Lakers forward Luke Walton after the second quarter

Walton on if he is playing better in Game 4 than the rest of the series: “I’m still struggling. (I’ve) missed a bunch of easy shots but you’ve got to play through. I’ve been playing my whole life and it’s just a game but you’ve got to fight through it and things will start to fall for you.”

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Johnson, Barkley, Smith and Miller

Barkley on the Spurs wearing down in the Western Conference Finals: “If Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan don’t have great games, (the Spurs) can’t compete with the Lakers. The longer this series goes, with only one day (of rest) in between, (the Spurs) had a long, grueling series against the (New Orleans) Hornets (in the second round) and (the Spurs) are making mental mistakes also. Mental mistakes come from being fatigued.”

Smith on Spurs forward Robert Horry passing up wide-open shots: “Robert Horry has to stop passing up shots. If he is going to be in the game, (the Spurs) have to stop playing four against five. He’s wide open, regardless of make or miss. When you take shots, it helps with your rebounding position because everyone is expecting you to shoot and it gets your floor balance back. When you pass up a wide open shot, it messes everything up for you.”

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Collins on the importance of Lakers forward Lamar Odom against the Spurs: “Lamar Odom is important to the Lakers against the slower Spurs front line. When he gets in foul trouble, it takes away a huge advantage for the Lakers.”

Collins on the advantage the Lakers point guards have against the Spurs compared to the second round against the Utah Jazz: “The difference in this series as opposed to Utah (in the second round) was when (Derek) Fisher got in foul trouble, (Jordan) Farmar could not play against (Utah Jazz point guard) Deron Williams (who was too strong). In this series, Farmar has been effective because he has the speed and quickness to play against Tony Parker. So I think the foul situation that hurt Derek Fisher against Utah might not be as severe in this series because of the match-ups.”

TNT aired a segment of Inside Trax featuring Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Popvich addressing his team during a timeout: “We know what we have to do and we know we have to improve in this half. But more than anything, this about keeping your composure, leadership, playing together and getting it done as a group. Play for each other.”

Collins on Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak: “Nice job by (Lakers GM) Mitch Kupchak, a guy who was completely under the gun early in the year. (He) makes some good moves and has had some nice late-round draft picks. (The Lakers) are a young team that’s going to continue to get better and better.”

Collins on Lakers forwards Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol playing through some difficult stretches in Game 4: “I think that Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol allowed their poor offensive performances in Game 3 to affect the other phases of their game, their rebounding, their defense, their foul shooting, all these other phases of their game. Tonight (in Game 4), they have played through that.”

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Lakers guard Kobe Bryant at the end of the game

Bryant on what they learned from the Spurs in Game 3: “We just played extremely hard. We have to learn from these champs (the Spurs). In the last game they really played hard and picked up their speed and energy. It was a good learning experience for us. So we came into (Game 4) and wanted to do the same thing.”

Bryant on Game 5 in Los Angeles on Thursday night: “We’ve got to be ready to play. (The Spurs) aren’t going to roll over and give it to us by no means. They are going to be ready to go and we just have to take care of our business.”

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Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Reggie Miller

Smith on Lakers guard Derek Fisher making contact with Spurs guard Brent Barry that was not called in the final seconds of the game: “It was a foul, but (Brent Barry) didn’t sell it. He didn’t sell the foul, he didn’t make it obvious and he didn’t give himself a chance. The only thing you wanted to do it is get to the free throw line or get an easy shot. He avoided the chance of getting to the free throw line because there wasn’t an easy shot coming even if he got by Derek Fisher.”

Barkley on the no call against Derek Fisher: “The Lakers outplayed them tonight and if the official had called that foul he would have given the Spurs that game. Referees are sensitive, the Lakers deserved to win because they outplayed them, and if they had called the foul the ref would have decided the game.”

Smith on the mental mistakes of the Spurs: “The Spurs made more mental mistakes than I’ve ever seen them make in a playoff series. Overall, bad decisions like going to the basket when you probably should have passed, passing it when you should have gone to the basket, Robert Horry leaving wide open shots, not hustling to the ball, not blocking out…all those are more mental mistakes than physical mistakes.”

TNT’s Cheryl Miller interviewed Pistons coach Flip Saunders.

Saunders on the leadership of Pistons forward Antonio McDyess: “As I told (McDyess) after the game, I’m so proud of him. In 2003 his career was his career was done, and he was maybe going to retire, but in these his last six weeks it’s been like he’s a different person inside. Ever since he broke his nose in Philadelphia and came back, I’ve never seen him be as vocal as he’s been.”

Saunders on the Pistons focusing on the present: “The rookies understand that they are very lucky, they are in the conference finals and sometimes players never get there. Our players have talked a lot about embracing the present, not worrying about what’s happened in the past, not worrying about what’s going to happen in the future, but living in the present.”

Saunders on heading into Game 5 of the series: “It’s the first game where both teams are going to feel a lot of pressure. As the series progresses and the series is winding down you know someone’s going to lose. Now there are only three games left and so every game becomes important, both teams know they can win on the other team’s floor and whoever shoots the best wins. It’s going to be a fun game to coach, a fun game to play and a fun game to watch.”

Smith on the consistent play of the Pistons: “Flip Saunders has been underrated, he’s had the Detroit Pistons playing the most consistent throughout the playoffs that I’ve seen the play in the past couple of years. They haven’t had the big lulls that we’ve seen in the past, with the exception of the first round. Once the first round happened they straightened it out against Philadelphia and they haven’t looked back.”

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2 Responses to “NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “It was a foul, but (Brent Barry) didn’t sell it.””

  1. mmafight says:

    it’s sad if you have to embellish a foul like they do in soccer. such pansies!!

  2. Kenneth Dillard says:

    That was a foul and all you peckerwoods know it. the game is being ruined by poor officating. This series is being handed to the Lakers by poor officating, so here’s a quarter call someone that cares. Take NBA playoffs off TV and let them fill the space with some real TV shows, or let us watch some paint dry!