Barkley says Celtics can't win a game against the Bucks right before Celtics beat the Bucks by a lot

Drake Bentley
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Charles Barkley lovefest continued during Tuesday's Game 2 pre-game show. 

The 1993 MVP said the Bucks will sweep the Boston Celtics in round 2 and proclaimed Giannis Antetokounmpo as the best player in the world. 

"I watched this game, and I said to myself, I don't think the Celtics can win a game," Barkley said. 

"A game?," asked longtime co-host Kenny Smith. "A game," replied Barkley. 

Of course, the Bucks then came out ice cold and were never really in the game, losing 109-86.

Barkley went on to say the Celtics will have a difficult time matching up with the Bucks, before he got sidetracked in a different direction: Declaring Giannis as the best player in the world. 

"If I hear anybody else talk about Giannis not being the best basketball player in the world, we should ... get them off TV. This dude's the best basketball player in the world, and I'm willing to say by far," Barkley said. 

Not Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokić or Kevin Durant, Barkley said. Giannis, Embiid and Jokić are the three finalists for MVP. Jokić is the favorite based off members of media who have released their vote to the public. 

Barkley said the public have started taking Giannis for granted and he wants to remind fans that Giannis is "incredible ... he plays so hard, he can dominate the game offensively and defensively, and now the thing he's added to his game, he's making the correct pass every time."

The other member on the "Inside the NBA" panel, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, said he agrees with Barkley that Giannis is the best player in the world. But disagrees with Barkley's take that the Bucks will complete a sweep. 

Barkley didn't "guarantee" the sweep, as he has become so famous for doing.

It is worth noting that Barkley wrongly predicted a sweep of the Bulls in the first round. Bucks won that series, 4-1

The TNT production crew made sure to remind Barkley of his statement at halftime by replaying his words. The Celtics had a 25-point lead over the Bucks. 

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