Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014: Gay, Cousins lead Kings rout of Rose-less Bulls

(Sacramento Bee)
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Behind Cousins and Gay, Sacramento is looking like a playoff team early…

I’m so glad DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay are shutting up the critics. Word to them…

TNT’s NBA coverage will continue Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks followed by the New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.

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

 

    O’Neal on the Clippers dealing with trust issues: “When are they going to get it?  A team of this caliber, that has been together this long, should not be talking about trust issues.”
  Smith on Heat small forward Luol Deng: “I think Luol Dengis underrated. This is a guy that, at one time, Chicago said wasuntradeable.” 

Smith on the Heat“After 11 games, I would have thought they would have won eight games.”

 

Barkley on the Heat: “The Miami team is a mediocre team; they are a good solid team.”

 

 

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Los Angeles Clippers (110) @ Miami Heat (93)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Lewis Johnson (reporter)

 

    Miller on the Clippers: “This Clipper team is not a great rebounding team, especially at the offensive end.” 

Miller on Clippers guard Chris Paul: “When you talk about pick and rolls, this guy has eyes in the back of his head.”

 

Miller on Darren Collison: “The loss of Darren Collison may effect this team. I like Jordan Farmer, he’s a better offensive player than Darren Collison, but he’s not a defender like Collison.”

   Miller on the Heat: “They are building Championship habits. I like the new pieces they put together.” 

Miller on Chris Bosh staying in Miami: “People are ecstatic that he stayed around and is showing his loyalty.”

 

Miller on Chris Bosh: “How do you utilize Chris Bosh in this system? You bring in a veteran presence on this team to surround Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to keep that level of play.”

 

Miller on Heat point guard Shabazz Napier: “This rookie is smooth. I loved him when he was at UConn. I thought he played under control for a point guard. He has come here and played fantastic early on for the Heat.”

 

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Chicago Bulls (88) @ Sacramento Kings  (103)
Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Chris Webber (analyst) with Rebecca Haarlow (reporter)

 

    Webber on Bulls power forward Taj Gibson: “I just love Taj Gibson. If you watch Taj Gibson, all you have to know is that he works hard, puts his body intoposition and makes the second, third and fourth effort to help his team.” 

Webber on the Bulls maturing on the offensive end: “When you look at the Bulls, they have been known for their defense, not offense. This year, Coach Thibodeau has more offensive power – especially off the bench. It’s going to be interesting to watch this team mature throughout the season.”

 

Webber on Bulls guard Aaron Brooks: “You have to love his cadence. He’s just the guy, when everyone plays with him, they have to keep up with his pace because there is no time for laziness when he is on the floor. You have to love that if you are a coach.”

 

Webber on Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler: “This guy may be the most improved player in the NBA, offensively.  He is going to be a great player – at the end of the season heading into the playoffs – because he’s had a chance to play with [Derrick] Rose being out.”

 

Webber on the Bulls work ethic: “[They have the] most injuries, most heart. You have to love and admire how they go out on the court every day and give a steady dose of hard work. You just have to admire that.”

   Smith on the Kings: “This is just the first year I can look at Sacramento and say they play with effort and energy.” 

Webber on Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “He is one of the best big men in the game. This year there is no stopping him as he is becoming a better leader in this game.”

 

Webber on the Kings identity: “Every team has an identity…their identity is DeMarcus Cousins in the paint. It’s good that they are starting to play off of that.”

 

 

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Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

 

   Barkley: “This is how the Clippers play; they are a dunk andlayup machine; they have no physical toughness.” 

Barkley on the Clippers half-court game: “We know the Clippers are very good in the full court. We know they are an elite team, but they have to fix their half-court offense.”

 

Barkley on the Clippers’ potential: “This team just has a ceiling. They are very talented, they are an elite team, but they are not going to win a Championship. They are great when they are running, jumping and dunking but they do a horrible job off the boards.”

 

Barkley on Clippers power forward Blake Griffin: “Blake Griffin is a very talented player, but he does not enforce his will down low. He is the one guy that can be dominant every night. But you have to wonder if he will ever develop that killer instinct.”

   Barkley on the Bulls: “The Bulls just don’t have enough offensive fire power without Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol.”Barkley on Bulls guard Derrick Rose playing through his pain: “Derrick Rose has to understand something – we are all in pain when you play basketball. You have to learn to play in pain.”

 

Barkley on Bulls guard Derrick Rose listening to his body: “He’s going to have to change the way he plays. Derrick Rose goes 100 percent every time. He needs to learn his body.”

 

  O’Neal on Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “He’s playing like the best big man in the league.”

 

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One Response to “Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014: Gay, Cousins lead Kings rout of Rose-less Bulls”

  1. D.N. says:

    missed this, love it