Charles Barkley’s NBA Opening Night Assessment: Golden State Warriors Ranked Fourth Best Team in California

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During the NBA opener against the Phoenix Suns, Charles Barkley minced no words when assessing the Golden State Warriors. On TNT Sports’ live coverage, Barkley expressed his disappointment with the Warriors’ performance and indicated that they are trailing behind the LA Lakers, LA Clippers, and Sacramento Kings in terms of team quality. Unfortunately, the Lakers also had a rough night as they suffered a defeat against the Denver Nuggets.

In a live broadcast on TNT Sports and discovery+, the Golden State Warriors faced the Phoenix Suns and endured a 108-104 loss. The Suns took a commanding 15-point lead by halftime, prompting Barkley to comment on their significant lag compared to California’s other NBA franchises.

Barkley bluntly stated, “The Lakers, Sacramento, and, if the Clippers can maintain their health, which is a significant ‘if,’ the Warriors are relegated to the fourth-best team just within California.”

Although the Warriors mounted a notable comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Suns 40-19, Jusuf Nurkic secured the victory for the Arizona team with a clutch play in the closing seconds.

Devin Booker shone as the standout performer for the Suns, tallying an impressive 32 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and a steal. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant achieved a double-double, contributing 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Steph Curry led the Warriors with 27 points, but Klay Thompson managed only 15 points on a challenging night for the California squad. On his debut, Chris Paul scored 14 points and added nine assists to his performance.

In the upcoming season, the Golden State Warriors will heavily rely on Stephen Curry, who demonstrated his clutch abilities with a game-winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds of their preseason clash against the Sacramento Kings, securing a 116-115 victory.

Their next game is an all-California showdown against the Sacramento Kings on October 27, while the Phoenix Suns will be back in action against the LA Lakers on October 26. The Lakers had a disappointing night of their own, suffering a 119-107 defeat at the hands of the reigning champions, the Denver Nuggets.

Nikola Jokic delivered a standout performance for the Nuggets, notching 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists, marking his 106th career triple-double. Jamal Murray contributed 21 points and six assists, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope impressed with his 20-point haul.

LeBron James scored 21 points for the Lakers on 10-of-16 shooting, while Anthony Davis managed 17 points in the first half but failed to score in the second.

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