Charles Barkley was so wrong on Kevin Durant-less Dubs vs. Rockets, Blazers
While he was an all-time great basketball player, Charles Barkley is not exactly known for his NBA predictions. Over the years, he has made some questionable picks, to say the least.
The trend continued when the Golden State Warriors swept the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference Finals. Here is a clip of Barkley insisting that the Dubs wouldn’t even beat the Houston Rockets, much less the Blazers, with Kevin Durant out.
Realistically, the Blazers didn’t come close to winning this series. While they only lost the final three games by a total of 16 points, they looked overmatched for much of the matchup.
They went on stretches where they overwhelmed the Warriors and even took large leads, including 17-point and 15-point halftime advantages in Games 2 and 3, but Portland could never hold on to them. It seemed like the Warriors would patiently take the Blazers’ best punch, and then systematically work their way back to break their opponent’s heart.
Steph Curry was absolutely brilliant for Golden State all series long, as was Draymond Green. Klay Thompson was his normally stoic yet explosive self, and the impact of role players like zKevon Looney, Jordan Bell, and Alfonzo McKinnie was far larger than anticipated.
Now, NBA fans will have to wait to see who will match up with Golden State in the Finals. Whether it be the Milwaukee Bucks or the Toronto Raptors, it’ll be refreshing to see a new contender take on the dynasty.
When we know the Finals matchup, Charles Barkley will be sure to opine on who the winner will be. Just take his opinion with a grain of salt.