Notes from TNT’s NBA Playoff Coverage – Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nba-on-tntNotes from TNT’s NBA Playoff Coverage – Thursday, May 16, 2013

TNT’s coverage of the 2013 NBA Playoffs continues with Game 7 of the Knicks/Pacers series (if necessary) on Monday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET or the

Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday, May 22, with Pacers/Knicks vs. Miami Heat (Game 1) at 8 p.m. 

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

Barkley on the Knicks: “I want to see who’s going to show up. I’m not worried about Carmelo Anthony; I’m worried about the ‘others.’ If the others don’t show up, the Knicks are going home.”

Barkley on Warriors guards Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry being worn out: “They haven’t been the same since [the double overtime] Game 1.”
O’Neal on the San Antonio Spurs: “They will never panic. They have a lot of experience. They will close it [the series] out tonight.”

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Game 5: Indiana Pacers (75) @ New York Knicks (85) – Pacers lead series 3-2

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Rachel Nichols (reporter)

Miller on the Pacers: “This is really a no-name bunch of guys for the Indiana Pacers…and to me, it’s all what the Indiana Pacers have done in this series. Defensively, [head coach] Frank Vogel and these guys [Pacers] have stuck to the game plan. Paul George and Roy Hibbert, defensively, have done an unbelievable job on J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony.”

Miller on the Pacers in the close-out situation of Game 5: “When you’re in a close-out situation – up 3-1 like the Pacers are – and on the road, you’ve got to do all the small, little things. You’ve got to make your free throws.”

Miller on Knicks guard J.R. Smith: “If they [Knicks] want to extend this series, [Smith] and Melo have to carry this team.”

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Sprint Halftime Report

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

Barkley on the Knicks first half of play in Game 5: “[The Knicks] are not playing with passion.”

Smith on the lack of excitement at Madison Square Garden: “The place should be going crazy.”

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Miller on Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony imposing his will on a game: “Your best player in an elimination game has got to come out and put their will on games. When your back is against the wall, you have to come out and have a monster game.”

TNT reporter Rachel Nichols interviewed Knicks head coach Mike Woodson before the fourth quarter

Woodson: “This team has been committed all season, so we’re not going to quit.”

Miller on Knicks center Tyson Chandler’s rebounding prowess in Game 5: “Chandler has done a great job on the boards.”

TNT reporter Rachel Nichols interviewed Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony following New York’s win

Anthony: “We [weren’t] ready to go home yet. We’re just taking it one day at a time. We proved that we can win on the road and we’ve got to do it [Saturday].”

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