Charles Barkley Thinks Spurs Can Sweep Heat In 2013 Finals
Jan. 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: TNT announcer Charles Barkley court side prior to the game between the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Clippers at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Clippers 93-88. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
TNT Broadcaster Charles Barkley is speaking out yet again, no, no, not about he women of San Antonio and how the Riverwalk is a dirty creek, believe it or not this is something good. Charles Barkley was guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday and of course Barkley was talking NBA Finals.
His simple message for fans of San Antonio: by a broom from sometime between now and Thursday.
“I picked the Spurs in six, I’m going to have to change that,” Barkley said. “I don’t think the Heat will get out of San Antonio. I really want to say something silly right now. I think they can sweep Miami, to be honest with you. I do.”
Jun 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a shot with 0.1 on the shot clock in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat during game one of the 2013 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2 is set for Sunday at Miami’s American Airlines Arena. Games 3, 4 and 5 will be played in San Antonio’s AT&T Center on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, respectively, under the NBA’s 2-3-2 Finals format.
Barkley in the interview goes on to state that the Indiana Pacer’s outplayed the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. He then sees the ability for San Antonio being able to take care of the ball (just four turnovers in game 1) will be a determining factor in this series.
“The Pacers actually outplayed the [Heat],” he said. “The Spurs won’t have 15 turnovers in any game, let alone a half. [Parker is] the best point guard in the NBA.”
Fansided partner Sports Illustrated, had a quote from LeBron James where he describes Tony Parker and the type of player that he is for San Antonio. Parker in 40 minutes had zero turnovers.
“He’s been in this position multiple times,” Heat forward LeBron James said of Parker. “He’s a very, very smart player. High-engine player. I think it’s very unique for him not to have any turnovers last night versus our defense. I think [Parker and coach Gregg Popovich] have been on the same page for so many years, they know the system more than anybody. He does a great job of running their offense and putting himself and putting those guys in position to succeed.”
As the interview continued, Barkley wasn’t convinced that we’ve seen the best from San Antonio. In his presser, Manu Ginobili stated that the Spurs played an “OK GAME”. I would have to agree. San Antonio did not play their best game, they will get better as this series continues on.
“The thing that should scare Miami, the Spurs didn’t play good, the Spurs didn’t play good [Thursday] night,” Barkley said. “I thought they were rusty on offense.”
And for Barkley and his thoughts on San Antonio possibly sweeping Miami. It all starts with their defense on LeBron and not letting him dominate.
“They’re going to play great defense on LeBron,” Barkley concluded. “LeBron had a monster game last night. But you factor in [that] they’re not going to let him dominate. … I do think the Spurs could sweep them, but I really don’t think they’re going to get out of San Antonio.”
Below is the Barkley interview on The Dan Patrick Show.