Bradley Beal on his career night
Charles Barkley and the Wizards. When the commentator references some aspect of the team, historically that means a barb with comedic and cringe worth elements - though not always.
NBA fans in love with the Art of Shooting no doubt adored Thursday doubleheader on TNT. In the nightcap, Golden State and Oklahoma City not only made gobs of 3-pointers (23), but also sank most of the attempts (51.1 percent!!!). Inside the final three seconds, Russell Westbrook put the Thunder ahead with the game's final basket from beyond the arc. It just wasn't the final basket. Andre Igoudola's game-winning, buzzer-beater, on-the-move jumper was.
While Iguodola scored the Warriors biggest points, Klay Thompson had the most with 27. The sweet-shooting wing drained 6 of 9 attempts from distance. The postgame highlights of his perimeter exploits prompted the no-filter Barkley to wax poetic about Thompson - and a certain Washington Wizard.
"If I need one shot made, it's [Thompson] or Bradley Beal going to be my guys," said an earnest Barkley.
(Cue the video of a rookie Beal floating in his own game-winner against the Thunder. We'll give him a pass for missing a similar shot against OKC this week in a career-high performance.)
Let's remind the audience who also played in the Warriors-Thunder game: Stephen Curry (so did Kevin Durant, but the PG County native's otherworldly game is part of an entirely other starry NBA debate).
Many consider Curry the man when it comes to long-range bombing, a point Barkley's colleague Kenny Smith attempted to make. It had no impact on the Chuckster's ongoing praise.
"I like Steph Curry," Barkley said, "but Bradley Beal and Klay Thompson, them boys are both going to be All Stars in the next couple of years."
Those that predicted an All-Star berth for Beal this season nodded and hopes Barkley's call comes true sooner than later.