NBA playoffs 2017: Charles Barkley still has no clue about the Warriors' defense – Sporting News

Never change, Chuck.

It seems Charles Barkley still has this idea the Warriors are a shoot-happy bunch that only pays attention to half the court. Barkley was at it again Wednesday at halftime of the Warriors’ Game 2 NBA playoffs matchup vs. the Trail Blazers.

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

The score was 55-46, Warriors, at the half, by the way. The Warriors then went out and held the Blazers to six points over the first 7 1/2 minutes of the third period. (UPDATE: The Warriors held the Blazers to 35 points for the entire second half and cruised to a 110-81 victory. Golden State now leads the first-round series 2-0.)

MORE: Blazers-Warriors Game Center

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.

See, Chuck, the Dubs play fast, and they shoot early and often, which leads to lots of possessions on both ends. So while the points per game look iffy, the rest of the fundamentals are strong.

I’ve asked this before, and I’ll ask it again: Does Chuck even watch basketball?

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