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Charles Barkley on West Finals: ‘Rockets can’t beat the Warriors’ (vid)

Charles Barkley made his Western Conference Finals prediction earlier this week, and the NBA on TNT analyst believes there’s no way the Houston Rockets can upend the Golden State Warriors.

The outspoken analyst argues there’s no way Chris Paul and James Harden will be able to contain Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the defensive end and also match the Warriors’ dynamic duo point-for-point on the other end of the floor.

“We knew this was going to be the match-up back in October,” Barkley said on TNT this week. “But the Rockets can’t beat the Warriors.

“What’s going to be interesting is that there isn’t a player from the Warriors that has to play great. Klay [Thompson] went 4-20 last week and they still won.

“Chris Paul and James Harden have to play well but they’ve got to play defense too. They’re going to be playing against Steph [Curry] and Klay. Are those guys going to have enough energy to get 30 a night and guard them [Curry and Thompson].

“That’s going to be the toughest thing for them.”

Interestingly, Barkley has not always been on the Warriors’ bandwagon, as it were, and he was forced to eat his words big-time a few years back. That said, it’s hard to pick against the juggernaut of a super-team. Although if there was one team in the West that could upend the Warriors, it’s arguably the Rockets.

Regardless of the ultimate outcome, the Warriors-Rockets series is the dream match-up NBA fans have been clamoring for — not to mention expecting — all season. The hope has to be the series goes seven games, just so fans can marvel at the two teams’ respective on-court exploits.