Charles Barkley says Warriors won't make playoffs to Klay Thompson's face

Charles Barkley says Warriors won't make playoffs to Klay Thompson's face

Charles Barkley never has been one to show the Warriors much love.

The Hall of Fame player-turned-TNT analyst has doubted the Warriors yet again -- and this time, right to Klay Thompson's face.

The Warriors’ star guard, recovering from an ACL tear, joined the “NBA on TNT” set during halftime of the Warriors-Clippers game Thursday night at Chase Center, and was faced with classic trolling from Chuck.

“I was wrong before the game," Barkley said, referring back to a pregame segment in which he predicted the Warriors would make the playoffs.

"I said they were going to be the 7, 8 seed. They’re not going to make the playoffs. They just can’t score enough.”

After being pressed by his TNT co-hosts to expand upon changing his opinion after one half of hoops, Barkley continued.

“When you look at your team you say, Steph [Curry] can get me 30, D’Angelo [Russell] can get me 20, Draymond [Green], even though he’s a heck of a player, he’s only going to get me 15," he said. "That’s not enough in the Western Conference this year.”

When Klay was given his chance to respond, he kept it professional.

“Chuck has a right to be a little pessimistic, but I think these young guys are going to step up,” he said. 

The five-time All-Star went on to praise Warriors youngsters Jordan Poole, Glenn Robinson III and Marquese Chriss while acknowledging confidence that they have enough to make the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year.

[RELATED: Watch Klay address Chase Center crowd ahead of Warriors' opener]

Barkley infamously doubted the Warriors during the beginning of their dynastic run, claiming that jump-shooting teams never will win a championship.


Barkley also predicted the Rockets would beat the Warriors last season in the Western Conference semifinals after Kevin Durant’s injury,

Wrong again.

The Warriors lost their opener 141-122, but they have 81 more games to prove The Chuckster wrong for a third time. You can bet they’re up for the challenge.

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Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

As Warriors fans prepare for the reintroduction of Steph Curry, Steve Kerr's group is preparing to face the red-hot Kings. 

The Kings exited the All-Star break needing to rack up the Ws to get back in the playoff picture. After wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers, the Kings are starting to believe they can make a run at the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. 

The Warriors will look to blunt their momentum Tuesday night at Chase Center. With Curry reportedly set to return Sunday, the Dubs would love to start picking up a bit of positive momentum before Curry laces them back up. 

[RELATED: Steph reportedly will return this Sunday vs. Wizards]

Here’s how you can watch Warriors-Kings on NBC Sports Bay Area:

When: Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. PT, pregame begins at 6:30 p.m.
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App

Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage


Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors haven't done much winning lately at Chase Center. On Tuesday, they'll hope to break the trend against the Kings.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m. PT with tipoff scheduled for 7:30. Kings coverage begins on NBC Sports California at 7 p.m.

The Warriors have lost six straight games entering Tuesday's matchup, including their last six at Chase Center. In their last matchup against the Kings, the Warriors put together their worst performance of the season, losing by 21 points in a game where both teams committed a combined 57 turnovers on the evening. 

[RELATED: How to watch Kings vs. Warriors on the MyTeams app]

The contest comes one day after Kobe Bryant's memorial, which was attended by many members of both clubs, including Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kings coach Luke Walton. 

Tuesday's game is the latest tune-up before Curry returns to the lineup. Curry reportedly will return against the Washington Wizards on March 1.


F Andrew Wiggins
F Draymond Green
C Kevon Looney
G Damion Lee
G Jordan Poole

F Harrison Barnes
F Nemanja Bjelica
C Harry Giles
G Bogdan Bogdanovic
G De'Aaron Fox


Warriors: Draymond Green (Right Pelvic Contusion), Marquese Chriss (Left calf soreness) are questionable. Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation), Steph Curry (left-hand fracture) are out. 

Kings: Marvin Bagley III (Left Foot Soreness), Richaun Holmes (Right Shoulder Soreness) are out. 


Warriors: Andrew Wiggins struggled in Sunday's loss, shooting just 3-of-16 from the field. New 10-day player Dragan Bender also struggled, finishing 2-of-8  from the field in 20 minutes. However, Oakland-native Juan Toscano-Anderson scored a career-high 16 points on Sunday.

Toscano-Anderson is coming along nicely since signing for the rest of the season, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his first five games. The Warriors have used 28 starting lineups, which is the most since the 2009-10 season. 

[RELATED: Chriss explains why he only wanted to play for the Warriors]

Kings: Former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has vowed to not cut his hair until Sacramento gets back to .500. At the moment, the Kings are making a good case for Barnes to visit a barbershop, winning six of their last nine games. De'Aaron Fox has played great since returning from an ankle injury, averaging 21.4 points, 7.3 assists and four rebounds over his last 24 games. 

Officials: Marc Davis (#8), Ben Taylor (#46), Leon Wood (#40)