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Charles Barkley lashes out at Timberwolves after losing 26-point lead: ‘They’re dumber than rocks’

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Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley went wild on the Minnesota Wolves Thursday night, calling the team “dumber than rocks” after squandering a 26-point lead to lose 2-1 in their first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Barkley didn’t hold back when airing “Inside the NBAcalling the Timberwolves poor coaching, which he says gave way to the Grizzlies’ biggest playoff comeback in franchise history.

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“I don’t believe there are any stupid kids. I think they just have bad parents. These Timberwolves are stupid because their coaches are stupid,” he said during highlights of the game played. on the screen.

Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Chris Finch looks on during Game 3 of Round 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2022 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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“This guy let a team go 21-0 and didn’t call a timeout,” Barkley said, apparently referring to Minnesota head coach Chris Finch. “I said it at half time, this has got to be one of the dumbest teams. All that talent and they’re dumber than rocks.”

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The Grizzlies came back from a 26-point deficit early in the second quarter and again late in the third after dropping 25 points to win Game 3 of the first round of the NBA playoffs, 104-95. Wolves were outscored 23-12 in the second quarter and 37-12 in the fourth, pitifully wasting a superb basketball in the first and third periods.

Dillon Brooks #24 of the Memphis Grizzlies heads for the basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 3 of Round 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2022 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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“I don’t even know if you can call it a chokehold,” Barkley continued. “They lost by [9]. When you lose by two and lose a big lead, it was embarrassing for basketball. The Minnesota coaching staff should be as embarrassed as the players.”

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D’Angelo Russell, who had 22 points and eight assists as a key driver of Minnesota’s third-quarter push, said Wolves were too comfortable on the field.

Assistant coach, Elston Turner huddles with the D'Angelo Russell #0, Malik Beasley #5, Naz Reid #11 and Jaden McDaniels #3 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the third round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2022 at Target Center of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Assistant coach, Elston Turner huddles with the D’Angelo Russell #0, Malik Beasley #5, Naz Reid #11 and Jaden McDaniels #3 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the third round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2022 at Target Center of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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“When you get too stoned, it comes back and haunts you,” he said.

Game 4 is Saturday night in Minneapolis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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