2013 NBA Playoffs: Matt Barnes Could Make Key Difference For Los Angeles Clippers

By John Raffel
Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Barnes had one of the better games for the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. But considering that some of Barnes teammates including Chris Paul, had poor performances and the Clippers lost 94-82 to the Memphis Grizzlies, it wasn’t an enjoyable night for Barnes or anyone on the Clippers team.

Los Angeles shot the ball poorly at 38.8 percent. But at least Barnes showed some signs of life and that could come in valuable for game 4 as the Clippers bid not to let the Grizzlies get back in this key NBA West series.

Barnes gave the Clippers 26 minutes on the court, which was critical. But, like the rest of his teammates, he couldn’t shoot. He was 2-of-6 from the floor, and 1-of-5 from the 3-point area. He did have a good free-throw shooting night with 7-of-8, and netted 12 points while committing only one turnover.

Barnes wants to make an impact for the Clippers during the playoffs and hopes to get his shot to be working very well.

For the season, Barnes, in his 10th NBA year, averaged 9.7 points and 3.0 rebounds a game. He averaged 25.7 minutes a game and shot 46.2 percent from the floor, 34.2 percent in 3-pointers and 74.4 percent in free throws. He’s capable of being a valuable weapon for the Clippers.

He had a strong game 1 in the playoffs, hitting 4-of-6 from the floor and scoring 10 points with four rebounds. The Clippers will need a game like that from Barnes for the rest of the playoffs to keep their title hopes alive. So far, he’s been showing signs that he can get the job done.

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