Charles Barkley nonetheless 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 Sport 1 win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
“I like Portland. I believed earlier than [Jusuf] Nurkic bought harm, 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 … speak about Kanter, ‘He’s not an incredible 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 evening. All these folks speak about what guys can’t do, as a substitute of what they will do.”
For these maintaining rating at house: Kanter had 20 factors, 18 rebounds and two blocks within the Blazers’ Sport 1 win.
Barkley and his Blazers Finals speak 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 informed 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 informed me.
“I don’t usually say it. I’m simply saying, not every single 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 after they’ve been so shut yearly to recover from the hump, that they will 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 yr, Oklahoma had hassle with these two guards; till this yr.”
Truthful and goal is what Barkley nonetheless appears to be although. Additionally on TNT’s Inside The NBA on Sunday, Barkley informed host Smith, Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal:
“When you don’t like Russell Westbrook, you don’t like basketball.”
Russell’s workforce, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, opened up their NBA Playoff sequence with the Portland Path Blazers on Sunday.
Damian Lillard led all scorers with 30 factors, whereas Russell Westbrook and Paul George mixed for 50 factors within the shedding effort.
Each groups will go at it tonight for Sport 2.