What they are saying about the Thunder's 105-99 loss to the Rockets
A look at what tradition and social media had to say about Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets playoff series:
TNT analyst Charles Barkley
On Russell Westbrook’s outfit
"That guy might be the MVP, but he might be the worst dresser in the NBA."
TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal
"Is Houston mature enough to end this thing tonight? We saw what Golden State did. We saw what Cleveland did. Are you guys mature enough to take care of business and move onto the next round."
Associated Press NBA writer Brian Mahoney on Twitter, @briancmahoney
"Russell Westbrook is so good he can even ruin $1 beer night."
Houston Chronicle columnist Brian T. Smith on Twitter, @ChronBrianSmith
"I don’t imagine the NBA office is fond of an owner getting in a ref’s ear near (the) court during a playoff game."
Houston Chronicle columnist Jenny Dial Creech on Twitter, @jennydialcreech
"They seemed fine with an owner’s son cussing out a player in OKC, so … "
TNT color analyst Reggie Miller
"There is absolutely no scoring on the floor when Russ goes to the bench."
Bleacher Report NBA writer Howard Beck on Twitter, @Howard Beck
"Reggie Miller … clearly part of the conspiracy to divide the Thunder."
Barkley at halftime
"This is like a slow death. The Rockets’re gonna win the game. They didn’t play well; they still got the lead. You can just tell they’re gonna win this game. You gotta feel bad for Russell. … Russell has to score on three guys. I don’t understand why they don’t put more shooters around this guy. These teams are basically the same. James is great. Russell is great. The difference is they got just better shooters with the Rockets."
SB Nation editor Mike Prada on Twitter, @MikePradaSBN
"There are like six Rockets guarding Russ every play."
TNT announcer Kevin Harlan on Westbrook in the third quarter
"He is possessed."
Altitude Sports NBA insider Chris Dempsey on Twitter, @chrisadempsey
"It's admirable that Westbrook doesn't want to discuss his value to OKC's success, but fact is he HAS to play all 48. Even he can admit that."