A driving Corey Brewer is a bit surprise to see a momentary freedom as he goes for a slam against the taller and slow footed De Andre Jordan. Suddenly no. 22 came out nowhere attempting to falsely block his slam and ended the ball short in the rim. Minutes later Dwight Howard shoves a referee arm out of the way and was called a technical, adding insult to injury the familiar jersey no.22 is again in the action as he walk towards Howard and calls him a “b*tch”.
Meet Matt Barnes the LA Clippers’ fiercest player and the designated irritant enforcer. He brings the toughness and an integral piece to the franchise’s recent success after dethroning the defending champs (San Antonio Spurs) in seven games in the first round. He knows when or where to push the trigger, the level of pestiness (if there is such a word) is so high, that Matt really gets inside your skin and you lost your focus. If you go to Youtube and type “Matt Barnes” you will see a lot of videos with him having altercations with Kobe Bryant, Rafer Alston, Kevin Love, Serge Ibaka, James Harden and a lot more. Former coach Keith Smart describe Barnes as a valuable piece, but never “the piece” and for Matt, his okay with that. It’s all about playing your role, he really doesn’t care about scoring, he just wants to win, and he will do anything to get that victory. He treats his teammates as his family. And when he sees his family gets hurt or taking advantage of, he will try to get back at you in any other way. That’s how he was raised and that’s how he was loved by all his teammates.
Matt seemed to be molded genetically with Bruce Bowen and Raja Bell – pesky defenders, underrated and shoot corner shots. 13 years with 8 different teams in the NBA with 2 years playing in the D-league, nobody really thought Barnes career would go this far. If you randomly break a mirror and put it back again, even if it is just a tiny speck, a mirror cannot be a whole without each and every piece. For Matt, it’s just being that piece. Finding your role, and trying to improvise is what makes you valuable.
Being tough and pesky creates a different stigma to society. Matt was fined $50,000 about four days ago for directing inappropriate language towards James Harden’s mother, it was twice as much as Joakim Noah who was fined $25,000 for deliberately pushing a fan. Was it fair? No, but its Matt Barnes.
The Clippers are leading in their second round series against the Houston Rockets (3-2). Just one game away before clinching a final west showdown with either Memphis or Golden State. Matt Barnes would be ready. A hard foul, altercation or technical fouls this is Matt’s world and he will do anything to win.
The organization is all behind Matt, as much as Matt got their backs.
That’s family and that’s how he is raised.
Let’s get ready to rumble.