TNT analyst Charles Barkley had already said earlier in the series that the Dallas Mavericks couldn't beat Oklahoma City four times and gave the Mavericks no chance to win the opening-round series of the NBA playoffs.
On Thursday night's TNT broadcast, via Mel Bracht's report on newsok.com, Charles said the Mavericks weren't quick enough, but he was quick to jump on the Mavs men.
"Dallas is too old and they're not quick enough,” he said. “The Mavs had a great run, but they just got old quick.”
And after TNT host Ernie Johnson noted the Mavericks were the oldest team in the league, Sir Charles joked, "Good thing they are going to get some rest after their next game."
The Mavericks, down 3-0, are facing the first sweep in a best-of-seven in franchise history.
As a reference to sponsor Sprint and the Thunder's being a slick phone, Barkley said the Mavericks "are more like that landline with a rotary phone.”
Last year, Barkley was an early and consistent booster of the Mavericks' playoff chances, picking them to beat the Lakers and later the Heat. But, he has noted, this year they miss Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson.
-- Vince Langford