“This team is COOKED” – Charles Barkley dismisses Warriors as title contenders as they blow 24-POINT LEAD against Kings in must-win game

Charles Barkley doubles down on the Warriors


“This team is COOKED” – Charles Barkley dismisses Warriors as title contenders as they blow 24-POINT LEAD against Kings in must-win game

Charles Barkley and the GSWs (via TNT and X)

The Sacramento Kings eliminated the Golden State Warriors in the inaugural NBA In-Season tournament. After a closely contested game, they secured victory with a final score of 124-123. Following this defeat, the Warriors accumulated the tenth loss for the season. Subsequently, the Kings progressed to the quarterfinals, where they were set to face the New Orleans Pelicans. Charles Barkley chimed on the loss quickly.

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On the opening night of the NBA 2023 season, Charles Barkley, a TNT commentator and former NBA player, asserted that the Warriors had no chance of winning the league. He labeled them as “old” and “cooked.” He reiterated this viewpoint before the game against the Sacramento Kings. During last year’s playoffs, Barkley emphasized the Warriors’ luck in defeating the Kings.

Additionally, Barkley expressed that Stephen Curry remains unable to carry the team as he did in the past. He cited a lack of support and the challenges posed by his advancing age. This is what Barkley said:

As I told y’all, this team is cooked. Y’all thought I was crazy. They got away last year because Steph went crazy in Game 7. Sacramento should have beat them. Steph, he’s gonna start slowing down soon. They’ve got an old team, everybody slows down.
Charles Barkley via Inside the NBA

The Warriors’ journey in the In-Season tournament ended with their game against the Kings. Steph Curry, once again, dominated the player stats by scoring 29 points, orchestrating six assists, and securing ten rebounds.

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De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 29 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Despite the Warriors holding a 4-point lead with approximately 46 seconds left, they relinquished it due to crucial turnovers from Curry and Draymond Green. The match was perceived as revenge by the Kings, who had suffered a Game 7 loss to the Warriors in last season’s playoffs.

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Draymond Green returns for the Warriors in crushing defeat to the Sacramento Kings

Making his first appearance after serving a five-game suspension for violent conduct against the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Rudy Gobert, Draymond Green returned to the Warriors. He couldn’t prevent the Warriors from being eliminated from the inaugural NBA In-Season tournament despite his presence.

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green (via Yahoo Sports)

Draymond Green contributed significantly in a closely contested match, scoring 8 points, grabbing six rebounds, executing two blocks, and providing three assists during 33 minutes of gameplay. His presence revitalized the intensity the Golden State Warriors had lacked in their recent poor spell of form. Despite his efforts, it wasn’t sufficient to prevent De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk from securing the victory for the Kings.

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Draymond Green and the Warriors aim to return to winning ways as they welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to the Chase Center on Friday, 1st December. If the losses keep piling up, maybe Charles Barkley was right about the team being “cooked.”

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