Charles Barkley does not like the Warriors, perhaps even borderline hating on what he calls a ‘soft way of playing.’ We can probably accept that but Barkley’s notion about the Dubs as simply a shoot-happy bunch that doesn’t play defense is also borderline idiotic.
Barkley was at it again at halftime of the Warriors-Blazers Game 2 tiff.
Chuck: “This is going to be a shootout, neither one of these teams is good defensively”. Warriors 2nd in the NBA on D, well alright then.
— Robert H (@bandwagonknick) April 20, 2017
Well, if you have two of the best scoring teams in all of basketball going at each other, Chuck was right when he expected a shootout. But to call the Warriors ‘not a very good defensive team’, calls to question Barkley’s common basketball sense.
A quick scan of the not-fancy regular-season stats shows how far off Barkley was. True, Golden State was 11th-best in the NBA with 104.3 points allowed per game, but it was first in field goal defense (43.5 percent), steals (9.6 per game), blocked shots (6.7 per game) and turnovers forced (15.5). It also was third in defensive rebounds per game (35.0).
The nerdy stats explain it, too: The defending West champs were second in the league in defensive rating (104.57 points per 100 possessions), just behind the Spurs.
The game ended with the Warriors cruising to a 110-81 victory, holding one of the NBA’s best offenses to 35 second half points. Just what where you watching, Chuck?