It’s all about trust.
Barnes has been one of those quiet leaders doing the simple things to help the Clippers win ballgame. In an 88-76 victory over the Detroit Pistons earlier this week, for instance, he saw 29 quality minutes from off the bench and was 4-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-5 from the three-point line and scored 10 points.
“It is hard to do but we are still making progress on both ends of the court,” he said. “By half the team being new it just took us a while to get to trust each other but I think we are coming along as far as that goes.
“We just have to keep getting better. We know if we control the defensive end then we are a hard team to stop on the offensive end. Tonight was not pretty but this team finds ways to win games and that is what we did tonight.”
Starting guard Willie Green noted that the recent road trip his team went on showed how much his ball club has matured and is establishing itself a possible NBA contender.
“We are graduating a little bit as a team but as unit we can come in here and get a win especially in the last game of being on the road. And our legs might have been a little tired but it says a lot about us to be able to come in and get this win against a team that is very competitive,” he said, referring to the Pistons.
But don’t start declaring the Clippers NBA champions yet. They usually get their fans’ hopes up high and then let them down. They’ve done it before and could do it again.