Well, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks wasn't exactly competitive, but NBA fans eager for something a bit spicier than 3-point dominance and social media self-deprecation got some bonus beef broiling on Wednesday evening — and this particular cut was aged to perfection.
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It begins with Charles Barkley's assertion on TNT's "Inside the NBA" broadcast that the Hawks, at some point during their absolute pasting in a record-setting long-distance performance by the Cavs, should have gotten much more physical and nastier:
"I've got to vent," Barkley said to host Ernie Johnson. "The Atlanta Hawks got to take somebody out, Ernie."
"Touch 'em up or take 'em out?" Johnson asked.
"Take 'em out," Barkley answered.
"Come on, man, you can't say that on national TV," Shaquille O'Neal added. "You can't hurt nobody, Chuck."
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