‘Inside the NBA’ analyst Charles Barkley made things personal with Warriors fans outside Oracle Arena in San Francisco before the Western Conference Finals.
Prior to Game 1 between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State, Barkley was seen barking back and forth with some Dubs fans, in part because he picked the Mavs to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals.
As talented as Luka Doncic is, a Dallas win would be considered an upset, given the Warriors’ playoff experience.
A fan video of the incident appears to show Barkley shouting NSFW insults at a few Warriors fans, namely that he was going to “come to your house and f— your mama.”
That’s…vivid. Surely it was all in good fun by Barkley, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be disciplined by TNT, or issue a public apology for his comments.
Warriors win Game 1 over Dallas Mavericks and Luka Doncic
Despite Barkley’s insults and prediction, the Dubs were able to take Game 1 in front of their home fans in a rather convincing manner. Golden State won by 25 points.
Seven Warriors players finished the game in double figures, including all five starters and two players coming off the bench. Steph Curry led Golden State in scoring with 21 of his own, paired with four assists and 12 rebounds. Jordan Poole scored 19 off the bench.
While Kevon Looney wasn’t able to replicate his 22-board performance against the Grizzlies in a close-out game, he did go 5-of-5 from the field.
Luka Doncic, meanwhile, struggled. Luka scored just 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting. This is a game he’ll want to wipe from his hard drive as the Mavs prepare for an important Game 2, hoping to steal a road game rather than going home to Dallas down 2-0.