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Charles Barkley thinks there’s ‘no way’ the Nets beat the Celtics

"All these fools on these other morning talk shows can let this ship sail."

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Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart during a game against the Pacers in April, 2022. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

The Red Sox rallied to defeat the Tigers on Tuesday, 5-3. Boston faces Detroit again today at 1:05 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, the Bruins lost to the Blues, 4-2.

And after the Nets beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Play-In Tournament, the Celtics are officially set to face Brooklyn in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 tips off at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Charles Barkley’s take on Celtics-Nets: Following the Nets’ Tuesday night win in the Play-In Tournament, speculation immediately began about a Boston-Brooklyn matchup.

Among those to weigh in was Charles Barkley on TNT. According to Barkley, the Celtics are the clear favorites.

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“There’s no way they can beat the Celtics,” Barkley explained. “They got two great players. They both actually played as good as they probably can play [on Tuesday]. Kevin Durant was fabulous with his passing and his defense. Kyrie was great. But other than that, I know they can’t beat the Celtics now.

“All these fools on these other morning talk shows can let this ship sail,” Barkley added. “Both of those guys played great — great — and they barely beat a mediocre Cavs team.”

The matchup gets underway on Sunday, putting Barkley’s prediction to the test.

Trivia: Can you name this player who played for both the Celtics and Nets in his career? Here are some clues:

He was the 14th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.

He played for eight teams in total in his NBA career from 2004-2017.

He was notably married to a famous celebrity for 72 days before she filed for divorce.

(Answer at the bottom).

More from Boston.com:

The Celtics-Nets series schedule:

On this day: In 1957, the Celtics won the NBA title, defeating the St. Louis Hawks in double overtime of Game 7, 125-123.

It was the first championship for Boston, with many more to follow over the ensuing decade.

1957 Celtics

Daily highlight: Benji Monreal scored an outrageous goal for the Kansas City Comets in the Major Indoor Soccer League in a 3-1 win over the Dallas Sidekicks on Tuesday.

Trivia answer: Kris Humphries

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