Posted June 08, 2013

Charles Barkley: Spurs can sweep Heat in 2013 NBA Finals

2013 NBA Finals, Ben Golliver, Charles Barkley, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs

TNT commentator Charles Barkley has a simple message for fans in San Antonio: buy a broom sometime between now and Thursday.

In a Dan Patrick Show interview on Friday, Barkley said that he believes the Spurs can sweep the Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals after winning Game 1 on 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.”

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.

The Spurs won Game 1 92-88 in Miami thanks to a clinching shot from Tony Parker, who finished with 21 points and six assists.

Barkley asserted that the Heat were outplayed by the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals even though they ultimately prevailed in seven games. A major cause of Indiana’s undoing was turnovers, and Barkley sees San Antonio’s ability to take care of the ball as a key determining factor in the Finals. The Pacers committed 21 turnovers in their a Game 7 loss to the Heat in Miami, including 15 in the first half.

“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.”

San Antonio committed just four turnovers in Game 1, the fewest turnovers any team has committed during the 2013 postseason and tying the record for fewest turnovers ever committed in an NBA Finals game. Parker had zero turnovers in his 40 minutes.

“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.”

Even still, Barkley wasn’t convinced that we’ve seen the best from the Spurs. Indeed, San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili said after Game 1 that the Spurs played only an “OK game” even though they prevailed in dramatic fashion.

“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.”

San Antonio shot 41.7 percent from the field and 30.4 percent on three-pointers in Game 1, well below their usual standards. San Antonio shot 48.1 percent overall and 37.6 percent on three-pointers during the regular season and is shooting 46.5 percent overall and 35.8 on three-pointers during the 2013 postseason.

On the other end, James finished with a triple-double — 18 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists — but was unable to take over during the game’s closing quarter. A number of Spurs defenders, including Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, did well to make James work. San Antonio also regularly provided a second defender in the paint on his drives and sent double teams at the 2013 MVP when he tried to post up.

“They’re going to play great defense on LeBron,” Barkley concluded. “LeBron had a monster game [Thursday] 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.”

74 comments
KENNETH14
KENNETH14

I do not watch this low life.He thinks every thing  he says is like from gods mouth.With this guys past personal life he is as far from god as you can get Well we proved the big mouth wrong as he usually is .Case closed......

AETida
AETida

I don't know how Barkley still has a job...terrible.

Bk
Bk

mr. Charles- Wade proved you wrong even in the 6th game. i am sure he will win the 2013 championship for Heat.

danaCreative
danaCreative

It's really amazing how Charles Barkley is completely unaccountable for anything he says. I know he's entertaining, but he's becoming just another loudmouth that changes his mind from game to game.

Azeron
Azeron

“The Spurs won’t have 15 turnovers in any game, let alone a half."


Ummmm...sixteen in Game 2.  

Jo
Jo

Sorry Sir Charles, no brooms for this championship series.

rudy13
rudy13

This is going to come down to Coaching and Coach Pop is way smarter guy then Spo! #SPURS #BABY

cruisecontrol.lane
cruisecontrol.lane

After the game 1 loss, the Heat will smother the Spurs in a 4 game sweep to win back to back.That is what it is.The Heat will ignite the fire that will prove all doubters wrong and that includes sir charles...

cruisecontrol.lane
cruisecontrol.lane

The next 4 games will most likely a rollercoaster ride for the Heat just like what the thunder did to the spurs in last season's WCF.So its going to be 4-1 for Miami Heat...

jojustinoxford
jojustinoxford

When Charles Barkley opens his mouth, english teachers everywhere feel like total failures.  By the way, what ever happened to the mound round of rebounds DUI and cocaine possession case?

b305
b305

Pop is way way way way smarter than Spo. 

Everybody knows that the Heat are coached by Riley and LBJ.

b305
b305

LBJ is fighting the Spurs. He lost by 4 pts. playing against 6 guys whenever Bosh was on the court. The rest of the Heat are just collecting a check. Bosh plays like he is stoned. Not a center, not a forward, not a guard. Clueless and trying to hide whenever he is on the court. Sissy on D. Bricklayer on offense especially when wide open. Nobody even guards him. His shots are like passes to the defense. His defense is like a doorman - please come in and enjoy your free shot.

b305
b305

BOSH , bad, over-rated, sissy, hopeless

anderssen1
anderssen1

Barkley said Spurs CAN sweep Miami. SI front page headline says, "Barkley predicts Spurs will sweep Heat in Finals."

Doug Davis
Doug Davis

I want the Spurs to win, I think Timmy is the best power forward ever.

With that said they must suspend Manu Ginobli.  His flopping is a disgrace and the NBA doesn't need him destroying the integrity of the game with EURO BS scams.

He has that look on his face like a puppy who knows he took a crap on the floor but still wants a treat.  He expects to get a charge call on a play where he should be thrown out of the game.

Pop is the best in the game right now.  I just don't know how he instructs Bowen to kick Steve Nash in the groin on purpose and come down on a shooters feet to intentionally try to injure them and letting Manu do these flops, respect the game.

pickle
pickle

Pretty funny that people are reacting at all to this. Barkely knows damn well the Heat aren't going to get swept, he just says ridiculous things sometimes. He is actually smarter than most people think, he just likes to say dumb things for some reason

HowardFendell
HowardFendell

Barkley is an overpaid gasbag who hates the Heat and is almost unwatchable on TNT Thank goodness there are no more TNT games this year. Did Barkley watch as the heat destroyed the Pacers in Games 3 and 7 in the ECF. This guy just loves to hear himself talk yet he usually says very lttle.

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

Yeah, the Pacers outplayed the Heat yet they lost..... What a dumb thing to say. Didn't Charles pick the Pacers over the Heat? Really? The Spurs sweep the Heat? Does this guy watch the same games as everyone else?

ThatGuy2013
ThatGuy2013

LOL

Maybe Charles is right...Maybe he isn't...

He did pick IND in the ECF and did pick OKC in last year's Finals...

Maybe there's a reason the great prognosticator/ gambler wouldn't have been in the hole to a Las Vegas casino for $400,000.00

KevinTravers
KevinTravers

On the flip side though, DWade and Bosh played horrible and the Heat still only lost by 4. 

JonathanD
JonathanD

Lebron could have scored more, Wade could have done more, Bosh played horrible, the Heat shooters missed a ton of wide-open shots, and San Antonio only had 4 turnovers.

All that, and yet the Spurs still needy lucky shots at the end of halftime AND regulation in order to pull out the win.

I'm guessing that the Heat will make more open shots, the Big 3 will play better, and San Antonio won't get as few turnovers or as many lucky shots in the games to come.  Heat will come back to win most of the remaining games unless the Spurs play better and make significant adjustments.

RenoNoone
RenoNoone

Counting the playoffs and the Olympics, LBJ has already played nearly 4 full seasons in 3 years, and the rest of the Heat team aren't that far behind him.     The 27 game win streak certain didn't help matters at all.   Which is why a relatively lame Pacers squad got to push the Heat to the limit.    The Spurs oughta be able to finish 'em off and win their fifth.


JeffreyHannah
JeffreyHannah

Charles Barkley says how great Lebron is at one moment and claims how he is unbeatable and invincible...now he talks about theyre gonna get swept.  

Sir Charles is clearly impulsive and acts on instinct which is not always a good thing.  I want the Spurs to win believe me, but I feel like the dude is overreacting all of a sudden.  He is acting like Miami played a bad game when they only lost by 4 and had fewer than 10 Turnovers.

Stop jumping to conclusions Sir Charles and trying to compare him to MJ.  It is fools like Sir Charles, former players, and these stupid sports writers who tarnish the game of Bball by making stupid comments and comparisons.

Bk
Bk

@b305 It is very cliche. Spo is calm and collected- for an average person - that is dumb. I hope you are not.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@pickle Because it keeps people talking about basketball, about him, and it causes people to watch whichever game or show he is on.   Like him or not, he attracts readers and viewers.

Walt4
Walt4

@HowardFendell Hey man, Sir Charles is pure entertainment.  He's out there getting ratings for a reason.  He was a great player and he doesn't self-censor, meaning he's liable to say something insightful and revealing others won't any second.

You don't have to agree with Charles, just enjoy him.  Guy is awesome.

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

@HowardFendell i stopped reading after you used the term "gasbag"  by chance, do think is bob cousy is still the best point guard of all-time?

Azeron
Azeron

@Ball_or_Nuthin 


Lebron's line in Game 2: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and three blocks.


Good thing he listened to all the experts.

riley8
riley8

@KevinTravers I expect that to continue.  I think the Heat win Game 2 but lose the series.  They are tired.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JonathanD Sixty-nine field goals were made during the game and you have the expertise to determine that two of them were based on luck, not skill?   Last time I checked, taking the ball, aiming at the basket, and having it go in was the idea of the game.   These guys even practice tough shots periodically, for just such situations.  Imagine that!

David105
David105

@JonathanD Wow, all the Spurs players could have scored more,and missed a lot of wide open shots. The heat are not the only team that can make adjustments , or play better.

DWadecheaterforlife
DWadecheaterforlife

@JeffreyHannah No, the game is tarnished by habitual dopers like DWade, with his absurdly bloated jaws.  Even if the Heat do come back and win, it should be recorded with an asterisk.  The NBA has no integrity.  The stars get all the calls and can dope all they want because they are the cash cows.  Stern is a sleazebag and should step down so someone with integrity can step in.

David105
David105

@JeffreyHannah the Spurs shot poorly and and still won, oh and the Spurs only had 4 turnovers.

ChickenChamp
ChickenChamp

@JeffreyHannah l'd rather believe a HOF who actually played the game. Charles is basing his opinion on the CURRENT state of the teams. LeBron might be the best player right now, but overall, the Spurs is the BETTER team right now, and bball is a TEAM sport. LeBron cannot win games by himself (see Durant and OKC). 

Azeron
Azeron

@JoeCabot @JonathanD 

The shot wasn't luck.  Tony Parker himself called it a lucky play.  He wasn't luck that the ball went in the basket, but rather that he was able to get the shot off at all considering everything that went on during that possession.

JonathanD
JonathanD

@JoeCabot @JonathanD Actually, Tony Parker himself is the one who said that his shot was pure luck.  And whatever they practice, there's no way that Parker could have known the ball would leave his fingers 0.05 seconds before the shot clock expired rather than 0.05 seconds after.  He could even have known how much time was on the shot clock except to the nearest second.

And yeah, any catch-and-shoot like Duncan's with only 0.8 seconds left on the clock is a fair bit of luck, and the players themselves would be the first to tell you that.  If they could make those plays consistently, they would be far more unstopable than they are.

JonathanD
JonathanD

@David105 @JonathanD Did you not read my actual comment?  Specifically the part where I said that the Spurs could "play better and make significant adjustments"?

Since you used my exact words, I'm guessing that you just completely misread what I said.

Of course the Spurs can play better and make adjustments.  And if they do, they might win all the games.  But I was just pointing out that it was silly to say the Spurs WOULD sweep the Heat based on that performance, since the Heat will almost certainly play good enough to defeat that Spurs performance in the rest of the games.  But with better play and adjustment from the Spurs?  We'll see.  I'm not the one pretending to know who will win the next 3-6 games.

JonathanD
JonathanD

@JoeCabot @JonathanD It's not really "being techinical" to say that Tony Parker said, "That was a lucky shot".

If a player makes a shot that they would never choose to shoot in a normal situation, then some luck is involved.  That's all I'm saying.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JonathanD If you want to be technical, given the miniscule room for error, any shot taken from a beyond a few that goes in has a bit of luck involved.   These guys are professionals, and knowing that these situations will occur, they practice this stuff regularly.