Friday, January 20, 2012

NBA on TNT Notes for Heat/Lakers

From TNT Sports - 

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, January 19, 2012

TNT's NBA coverage continues Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Boston Celtics @ Orlando Magic(8 p.m. ET) followed by the Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by
Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

Barkley comments on Miami Heat forward LeBron James: “I’ve watched him play without Dwyane Wade and he’s a totally different player. I’m going to challenge him to play like that all the time. He’s the best player in the world but for some reason, when Dwyane is on the court, he takes a back seat.”

O’Neal comments on LeBron James doing the right thing by deferring to Dwyane Wade: “We are very hard on LeBron but we have to remember that he is a pass-first player. Guys like Dwyane Wade and Kobe (Bryant) are scorers first. What you call deferring to D-Wade, I say that’s the right thing because he’s always been a pass-first guy.”
Barkley: “He is a pass-first player…but it’s not working. If something isn’t working, it’s stupid to keep doing the same thing over and over. It makes (James) passive and when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter, he turns it on and tries too hard.  He’s got to take over this team.”

O’Neal comments on how he handled his relationship with Dwyane Wade when they played together 2004-08: “What I did (when I joined the Heat) was psychological because I told D-Wade it was his team because I was on my way down. I didn’t want to have the same problems that I had with Penny (Hardaway) and Kobe (Bryant). I said this is D-Wade’s team, just make sure I get my touches and let me do my thing. We had a great relationship.”

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Game 1:  Los Angeles Lakers (87) @ Miami Heat (98)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Steve Kerr (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

Kerr comments on Heat center Eddy Curry, who played in his first game since December 17, 2009: “He’s an incredible offensive force when he gets the ball down near the hoop, that’s why the Knicks gave him a huge contract. When he is right offensively, he is really tough to stop.”

Kerr comments on the Heat being able to offset their lack of depth: “The Heat are not that deep of a team but the ability of LeBron and Wade to take over games on their own allows Miami to offset various loses throughout the lineup.”

Kerr comments on the Lakers offensive struggles: “The Lakers don’t have enough ways to score. Their three-point shooting is bad and they don’t force turnovers so they get bogged down. They can get ugly.”

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Johnson, O’Neal, Smith and Barkley

Smith comments on Kobe Bryant: “Kobe is the best in the league at making something out of nothing on the court.”

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Kerr comments on the Heat: “When you turn the ball over against Miami, it’s going to be a dunk or layup on the other end.”

Kerr comments on the Heat’s improvement from last season: “I’m impressed with Miami’s execution. They’ve gotten a lot better since last year, particularly in late game situations. They’ve figured some things out and LeBron and D-Wade are more comfortable with each other.”

Kerr comments on how Eddy Curry can help the Heat this season: “The role that he can fill is with his ability to guard the big people whether it’s Dwight Howard or (Andrew) Bynum or whoever. This is a position of weakness for the Heat. They have very little front-court depth. He’s got the talent and the size to fill an important role here.”

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Heat forward LeBron James following the game

James on how he wanted to improve his game this season: “I just wanted to come into this season as a more complete player. Playing inside, outside, coming off of pick-and-rolls and shooting and making plays for my teammates which I love to do."
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Game 2:  Dallas Mavericks (94) @ Utah Jazz (91)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Cheryl Miller (reporter)

Reggie Miller comments on Utah Jazz forward Paul Milsap: “He’s very active and an undersized four-man. He’s such a great and quick leaper and rebounder. That’s what gives him the advantage when he goes against bigger players like Dirk Nowitzki.”

Reggie Miller comments on the Jazz’s youth: “When younger teams lose, they tend to lose focus. That’s why the Jazz coaching staff and veteran players don’t let the young guys slip. They let them play through their mistakes. They do play hard.”

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Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

Barkley comments on the Jazz: “(The Jazz) aren’t as good as their record but I love what they’re doing with that team. They have a bunch of young talent. They have a bright future and they are probably three years away from making the playoffs.”

Smith comments on why the Jazz have improved this season: “The one thing that makes (the Jazz) better this year is that (head coach) Ty Corbin has committed to the run and the pressure defense.”

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Reggie Miller comments on Jazz rookie center Enes Canter: “You want this kid to succeed. In the NBA, you have to be quick. He is too slow in gathering himself. Players are too quick in the defensive zone.”

Reggie Miller comments on the Mavericks adjusting to new players on the team: “This is a different team than (last season’s) championship team. They are trying to integrate (multiple) new players into a team that won the championship last season. It’s going to be very difficult on top of an abbreviated training camp and not a lot of practice time.”

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Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

Barkley comments on the Dallas Mavericks: “People try to say this team is better than last year…not even close.”

Barkley comments on Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor: “He has done a great job. They have a very bright future in Utah. They are doing a great job of drafting players.”

Smith comments on the Dallas Mavericks lack of chemistry: “Great team but I’m not impressed yet. They still haven’t found their stride. Their chemistry is a little off. Guys are a little reluctant on offense. I don’t think (right now) they have an opportunity to win a championship the way they are.”

Barkley comments on Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin: “Right now he is a little overrated. This guy has a chance to revolutionize the power forward position. He has to get better offensively.”

Barkley comments on Lakers center Andrew Bynum: “Andrew Bynum has to prove his offensive skills too. He has gotten better, but he is not totally complete yet. Andrew Bynum is a good player; Dwight Howard is a great player.”

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