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Charles Barkley and TNT Quick to Slam Cavs for ‘Coasting’ During Shocking Game Three Loss to Celtics

TNT has never been one to hold back their opinions in their NBA coverage, and with the likes of Charles Barkley and Shaq O’Neal, that’s not hard to believe.

On Sunday night they were not holding back whatsoever after Cavs star LeBron James scored just 11 points and the Cavs were stunned by the Boston Celtics 111-108 in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Q.

While it still might be the only time the crew gets a shot to lay into the Cavs during these conference finals, it didn’t take long for the likes of Barkley and company to lay into the Cavs for their effort in blowing a 21-point second half lead.

“They did not respect the Celtics,” Barkley said. “They were going through the motions and still had a big lead, and then the Celtics just started making shots.

“This to me is a perfect example of ‘we’re gonna win the series, we’re the better team,’ and they just coasted, and it came back to bite them.”

The graphics department at TNT was quick to work out a new graphic as well after the game, much to the delight of Celtics fans and LeBron haters.

The Cavs will have a chance to quickly turn the tables in game four on Tuesday and try to get back on track and take a 3-1 series lead.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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