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Kings’ Marvin Bagley sticks up for Harrison Barnes on controversial 2016 NBA Finals performance

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With the league suspension in full swing, ESPN has decided to replay some of the best NBA games we’ve had in recent years including one featuring now-Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes during his time with the Golden State Warriors.

On Wednesday, the games that were featured were Games 5 and 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Warriors. For those who may have somehow forgotten, this was the historic come-from-behind victory of the Cavs, as they took the title after going down 3-1 in the series. This was also thanks in large part to a monumental collapse from the side of the Warriors, and as pointed out by a fair amount of folks on Twitter, then Dubs forward Barnes had one of the poorest showings among the team.

Barnes was criticized for his lack of contribution in both games. His Kings teammate Marvin Bagley, however, quickly came to the defense of the embattled Barnes.

Bagley was quick to point out how tremendous a basketball player Barnes is, but nevertheless, this does not take away from Barnes’ forgettable run in the 2016 Finals.

That would end up to be Barnes’ final game for the Dubs, as he would sign a big-money deal with the Dallas Mavericks that same summer as a free agent. Fast forward three years late, and the Mavs would send Barnes to the Kings via trade.

Sacramento is now where Barnes plies his trade, and on the season, he has averaged 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.5 triples per contest.