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Charles Barkley roasts Draymond Green for ‘triple-single’ average

Charles Barkley has never been afraid to call things as he sees them or take merciless shots at the NBA’s biggest stars, and Draymond Green and Kyrie Irving have become the latest victims of the analyst’s vitriolic commentary and no-holds-barred, hard-hitting takedowns.

Barkley laid waste to Green by pointing out the notoriously outspoken Green hasn’t been quite as brash this season with the Golden State Warriors in the midst of a nightmarish, injury-plagued campaign. Sir Charles went on to sarcastically highlight how Green is averaging a “triple-single” on the season.

Barkley has statistical evidence on his side. Green is indeed averaging a “triple-single” on the season. In 32 appearances, Green is putting up an average 8.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.

To be fair to Green, however, those numbers aren’t far off from his career averages (9.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 4.9 APG). Having said that, the expectation that Green would pick up much of the slack with the absences of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson has not come to fruition.

Moving on to Irving. The Nets point guard drew Barkley’s ire over how the mercurial star recently bemoaned how the Brooklyn Nets need “one more piece or two more pieces that will complement” himself and Kevin Durant to become true contenders.

“We made the playoffs without you,” Barkley said. “And for you to come in here and play half the season and then say, ‘Well we’re just not that good. We’re missing some big pieces.’ Like, no dude we made the playoffs ourselves last year without you. We’re bringing in an All-Star player. We should be… a top four seed, easily.”

The Nets are only 5-9 with Irving in the lineup, as the superstar has missed extended time this season with shoulder issues. Without him, the Nets have posted a 13-13 record, so Barkley makes a compelling case.

It merits noting that Barkley has hammered on Irving and Green on previous occasions. That does not diminish the savagery he unleashed upon the two superstars on Thursday night one bit.