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Charles Barkley addressed Michael Malone’s decision to use critics’ opinions to inspire Denver before Game 3, stating that as analysts, they are paid to give their opinions.

Suns and Sixers legend pointed out that based on the team’s performance in the first two games, it wasn’t unreasonable to doubt Denver’s chances.

“Dude, we get paid to give an opinion. If you watched those first two games, you didn’t think Denver was going to win,” Barkley said.