Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports keeps rolling in the news. This time around, we have something on the Los Angeles Clippers’ Matt Barnes. Here’s the report on the Clippers’ back-up small forward.
The NBA has suspended the Clippers Matt Barnes one game for hitting Minnesota’s Greg Stiemsma in the neck.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 1, 2013
It happened in the second quarter of the Clippers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Greg Stiemsma set a hard pick on Barnes for J.J. Barea. After the pick, Barnes shoved Stiemsma seemingly on the neck. Obviously, the Timberwolves did not take kindly to that. The refs ejected Barnes on the spot and now he will be suspended for Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
Matt Barnes is known as a very intense competitor and is tied for the league leaders in technical fouls this season with nine (along with his teammate Blake Griffin, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks). However, his intensity on both sides of the court has really helped the Clippers’ depth and record. The Clippers are currently third in the Western Conference with a 34-13 record.
Barnes has averaged a career-best 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds this season. This is Barnes’ second go-round with the Clippers after two years with the crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. He is in his tenth season and has played with seven teams that included stops with the Sacramento Kings, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Golden State Warriors, the Phoenix Suns, and the Orlando Magic. With Barnes out, expect 40-year-old Grant Hill to get more playing time in his stead.
The Clippers, who had been without Chris Paul for the last five games, play the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. They’re hoping to get Rudy Gay cleared by then, who they acquired in a three-way deal on Wednesday that involved the Memphis Grizzlies and the Detroit Pistons.