The Portland Trail Blazers are having a fantastic season, but even the most optimistic of their fans would not go as far as TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith did during the halftime broadcast of Portland’s game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both boisterous commentators went out on a limb, then shook it, then used it like a trampoline, predicting the Blazers would advance to the 2019 NBA Finals.
Here’s video of one of their exchanges:
"The Portland Trail Blazers are going to the finals!" pic.twitter.com/sHjMe4LOT0— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 8, 2019
The declaration caused courtside commentator Reggie Miller to remind Barkley and Smith that the Blazers got swept by the New Orleans Pelicans just one year ago. Neither seemed to mind, nor did they retract their predictions.