Notes from TNT’s NBA Playoffs Coverage – Monday, April 21, 2014: Grizzlies hold off Thunder; Clippers embarrass Warriors

(Photo: Sue Ogrocki/AP)

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Tony Allen was straight up everywhere last night.


TNT’s NBA coverage of the playoffs continues Tuesday, April 22, with doubleheader action featuring the 

Atlanta Hawks @ Indiana Pacers (Game 2) at 7 p.m. ET and the Washington Wizards @ Chicago Bulls (Game 2) at 9:30 p.m.



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Memphis Grizzlies (111) at Oklahoma City Thunder (105) in OT – Series tied 1-1
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Greg Anthony (analyst) with Lewis Johnson (reporter)


Anthony on the Thunder: “For so long, we’ve talked about the ‘Dynamic Duo’ [Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant] but this is a ‘Terrific Trio’ – you have to put Serge Ibaka in that category with Westbrook and Durant.”


Anthony on Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant: “He is such a gifted scorer. He has range — his back to the basket, off the dribble, mid-range — and [gets to] the free throw line. He’s the total package offensively.”


Anthony on Memphis’ Mike Miller: “You have to be aware of Mike Miller on the floor because of his ability to stretch the defense. That’s why he’s a good guy to have as a post feeder.”

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Sprint Halftime Report

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith


Barkley on Russell Westbrook’s role with the Thunder: “They are only going to go as far as Kevin Durant takes them. He’s the guy that needs to be their leading scorer. You don’t want your point guard to be your leading scorer or taking the most shots. [Westbrook] needs to get the other guys going.”


O’Neal on Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka: “Serge Ibaka is the king of effort. He’s become a legitimate superstar in the league based on effort.”


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Anthony on Memphis point guard Mike Conley: “Mike Conley is one of the best point guards in the NBA and he has improved every season [he’s been] in the league.”


Anthony on Grizzlies reserve guard Beno Udrih’s performance in Game 2: “Beno has been brilliant. A lot of it has to do with him being incorporated in the pick-and-roll but he’s done a great job of moving without the ball.


Anthony on the Grizzlies’ defense: “Every time the Thunder rally, Memphis shows the mental toughness to withstand it.”


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Golden State Warriors (98) at Los Angeles Clippers (138) – Series tied 1-1


Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with David Aldridge (reporter)


Miller on the Clippers’ performance in Game 2: “The Clippers are two steps ahead of Golden State. They are more aggressive on both ends of the floor.”


Miller on Warriors guard Steph Curry needing to be more aggressive offensively: “[The Warriors] aren’t going to advance unless [Curry] is going to be aggressive offensively. They can throw all the double teams they want out there but when you have the ball 85% of the time, you have to make plays for yourself. [The Clippers] are trying to take the ball out of his hands but he has to find better ways to be aggressive offensively.”

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Sprint Halftime Report

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal, Smith


Barkley on the first half of the Warriors/Clippers game: “It’s interesting to watch the mentality of teams. You can tell Golden State is happy they are going to get a [series] split. They are just going through the motions.”


Smith on the Grizzlies/Thunder Game 2: “The effort level and intensity was high but I don’t think the execution was [high]…I was impressed by the effort but not the execution.”


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Miller on the Warriors: “At some point in time, the Warriors are going to have to make some sort of defensive effort…they have to get the fight back in them.”


Miller on Clippers reserve Jamal Crawford: “[The Clippers] have to find Jamal Crawford and get him going offensively.”


Miller on the Clippers’ Blake Griffin in Game 2: “His fingerprints have been all over this game from the onset. He struggled in Game 1 because of foul trouble. Tonight, he didn’t settle for outside shots…he was going right through the chests of the Golden State defenders.”


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Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal, Smith


Barkley on Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook: “Russell Westbrook is a great player and can get his own shot anytime he wants to but he has to learn how to make the players around him better.”


Smith on Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley’s impact on Game 2: “Mike Conley controlled the tempo of that game and that made it comfortable for Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.”


Barkley on the Warriors’ Game 2 loss: “The Warriors made a huge mistake tonight. They didn’t have to win the game but you can’t lose by 40. They came into the game lackadaisical and now the Clippers have momentum going into Game 3.”

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