Shaquille O’Neal and Others Roast Charles Barkley as He Backtracks on His Bucks vs Hawks Prediction

Published 06/24/2021, 2:04 PM EDT
Jun 23, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) shoots during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks during game one of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks faced off against the Atlanta Hawks in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Given how the Bucks and the Hawks literally defied the odds to reach the Conference Finals, this matchup is a must-watch.

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Game 1 certainly lived up to the hype. With the Bucks and the Hawks going at it, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. took a slender 5-point lead at the end of the first half. But Atlanta came roaring back in the third quarter.

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Outscoring Milwaukee 34-26, Atlanta took a 3-point lead of the game. Despite trailing by three points, the Bucks could never rally a comeback and ultimately fell short as they lost the game 116-113 to an electrifying 48-point performance by Trae Young.

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Shaquille O’Neal & Co. troll Charles Barkley over Hawks vs Bucks Guarantee

Going into the game, the Bucks were clearly the heavy favorites to gain the victory. Given the performance they had against the Brooklyn Nets and the team effort they displayed, Milwaukee were the stronger side on paper.

With the playoff experience of Giannis and Middleton, Hall of Famer and analyst Charles Barkley was convinced that the Bucks would be unstoppable against the Hawks.

In his patent ‘Guarantee,’ Chuck claimed that Milwaukee will sweep Atlanta. But as it turned out, the Bucks were outplayed by the Hawks. Seeing his claim of a sweep gone to dust, Barkley gave a hilarious statement.

With Shaquille O’Neal and the crew mercilessly trolling him, Barkley said, “The Hawks are legit.” The Atlanta Hawks certainly are legit. With a lethal guard in Trae Young and a supporting cast consisting of players like John Collins and Clint Capela, this team is a threat to every top team in the East.

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They might not have the flashiest names on the roster, but with their style of play, they can exploit any defense. The Hawks have already shown that they can trounce a superior defensive team like the 76ers.

While the Bucks might be a tougher place to attack with quality defenders like PJ Tucker, Giannis, and Jrue Holiday, Young targeted their weak link Brook Lopez in game 1.

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If the Bucks don’t make any adjustments, ‘Ice Trae’ might lead the Hawks away with the series. Can the Hawks pull off yet another upset?

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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