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The Golden State Warriors are one loss away from getting eliminated from the 2016 NBA Playoffs, and it's the fans who seem to be taking it the hardest. On the heels of a 2015-16 campaign in which Golden State had the best regular season record in NBA history, the Warriors fanbase felt incredibly confident that getting back-to-back titles was well within reach, even if history suggested otherwise.
After easily dismantling the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers in the first two rounds, the Warriors have been outmatched by the Oklahoma City Thunder throughout the Western Conference Finals. Whether they were tied or down in the series by one, there was always a feeling that the Warriors would eventually find their footing and claw their way into the Finals for a second straight season. Charles Barkley saw things differently, picking the Thunder to come out on top.
This prediction by Barkley caused one Warriors fan to try and pick a fight with him over the weekend.
Per USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick:
There was pressure building on Sunday night at a hotel bar not far from the Thunder’s home, where a wayward Warriors fan was so enraged that TNT analyst Charles Barkley picked the Thunder to win the series that he challenged him to an actual fight (security was called, and the man was removed).
Wait, wait! So you're trying to pick a fight with Chuck, too?! Well, pick a ticket and stand in line. Just behind Charles Oakley.
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