The Portland Path Blazers are up 2-Zero of their First Spherical NBA Playoffs Matchup with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
TNT’s Charles Barkley believes the sequence could also be over.
“OKC Thunder are usually not going to beat the Portland Path Blazers,” Barkley stated on TNT’s Inside The NBA.
An enormous motive for that success is due to their level guard, Damian Lillard.
CJ McCollum’s three-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer tied the sport and erased what had been a 10-point Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder lead.
Per The Oregonian:
Damian Lillard’s three-pointer to beat the third quarter buzzer gave the Path Blazers their largest result in that time, a 16-point edge.
By the tip of the fourth quarter, no Blazers buzzer-beater was wanted.
Portland’s backcourt duo mixed for 62 factors, and the Blazers pulled away from the Thunder within the second half to win 114-94 Tuesday night time on the Moda Heart and take a 2-Zero sequence lead of their first-round NBA Western Convention playoff sequence.
“Damian Lillard is a “skilled scorer,” TNT’s Kenny Smith stated after the win.
Lillard led all scorers with 30 level in Recreation 1.
In Recreation 2, McCollum led the Blazers with 33 factors, whereas including eight rebounds and 5 assists. Lillard added 29 factors, six assists, three steals and two blocks.
The TNT crew are followers of the Blazers.
Barkley believes that the Portland Path Blazers are going to the NBA Finals.
“I inform you what, I’m all in on the Path Blazers,” Barkley stated Sunday after Portland’s 104-99 Recreation 1 win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
“I like Portland. I believed earlier than [Jusuf] Nurkic acquired damage, they’d an opportunity of profitable the West. … I nonetheless assume so.”
Barkley can be keen on Blazers ahead, Enes Kanter.
“You hear all these guys … discuss Kanter, ‘He’s not an ideal defender,’” Barkley stated. “There’s been actually good gamers within the NBA who weren’t nice defenders. That man goes to get you a double-double each night time. All these folks discuss what guys can’t do, as a substitute of what they’ll do.”
For these maintaining rating at residence: Kanter had 20 factors, 18 rebounds and two blocks within the Blazers’ Recreation 1 win.
Barkley and his Blazers Finals discuss is nothing new!
Again in March, each Barkley and TNT co-analyst, Kenny Smith each agreed that the Path Blazers will make their first look within the NBA Finals since 1992.
“I like Portland within the Finals,” Barkley instructed me final month.
“With [Damian] Lillard and [CJ] McCollum. The addition of Rodney Hood and Enes Kanter. I like them within the West.”
What say you, Kenny?
“Charles, he can say someting loopy all the time,” Kenny Smith instructed me.
“I don’t usually say it. I’m simply saying, not each day in a seven recreation sequence. I’m speaking about simply three video games: shoot six for ten in between to fight guys taking pictures 4 for ten from three level vary. They’ve it, they’ve it! So to me, that separates them once they’ve been so shut yearly to recover from the hump, that they’ll get to the Western Convention Finals they usually’re a transparent and current agent for the Warriors as a result of the Warriors have had hassle with these two guards even in that set. And even, till this 12 months, Oklahoma had hassle with these two guards; till this 12 months.”