Jamal Murray calls out Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley after Nuggets’ upset of Clippers
The Nuggets successfully erased a 3-1 Clippers lead in the series with a huge Game 7 win on Tuesday. After the showdown, Murray made sure to call out the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, who both took the Clips as the winners of the playoff matchup.
Sure enough, Murray is not one to easily forget.
“You got Shaq, you got Charles (Barkley), you got Zach Lowe, Stephen A (Smith). All ya’ll better start giving this team some damn respect because we put in the work and we’ve got a resilient team. Ya’ll can start changing the narrative and looking at us in a better light,” Jamal Murray said in his postgame interview, per Michael Scotto of USA Today.
To be fair, not many believed that the Nuggets could take out the mighty Clippers in this series. Even more so when LA took a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 series lead.
If either Shaq or Barkley had claimed Denver would have been able to come back from that huge a deficit against a powerhouse Clippers side, then it would have placed their credibility on the line. What they achieved on Tuesday was remarkable — not to mention highly improbable — so we also need to cut Shaq and Barkley some slack here.
Then again, Murray also has every right to call them out for doubting the Nuggets. Denver achieved a similar feat in the first round against the Utah Jazz, and as it turns out, they were also very much capable of repeating the same in the next round.
Things will only get harder from here on out for the Nuggets, as they are set to face off against the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. At this point, however, it would be foolish to count Denver out.