Report: Matt Barnes’ fine not because of back-and-forth with Suns owner

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Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

According to ESPN.com, which cited an “NBA spokesman,” the $25,000 fine Matt Barnes received Tuesday for an incident that took place Sunday at Phoenix was not because he exchanged inappropriate language with Suns owner Robert Sarver.

When the NBA released its statement about the situation, it said Barnes was fined for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during the Clippers’ 120-100 victory. Barnes took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and said that was not true, that it was directed at Sarver after Sarver started it.

“As players, we’re obviously held to a higher standard; I’ve had to watch myself on that. But I think if we’re held to high standards, owners should be held to even higher standards,” Barnes told ESPN.com at Thursday’s shootaround ahead of Thursday night’s game at Utah.. “When an elder says something derogatory toward me and I respond, I thought it would stay there. It’s one grown man saying something to another grown man. I’m not going to run and tell, but the fact that he or someone around him told (the league), it’s crazy.”

Barnes did admit he was having words with some fans as well, but still believes his fine was because of his back-and-forth with Sarver.

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Matt Barnes says his Tuesday fine of $25,000 was because he exchanged expletives with Suns owner, not a fan

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Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Forward Matt Barnes on Tuesday was fined $25,000 for what the NBA said was directing inappropriate language at a fan, it was announced by Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the NBA.

A news release stated the incident took place with 4:28 left in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 120-100 victory over the Suns at US Airways Center in Phoenix.

However, Barnes took to Twitter to let everyone know it wasn’t a fan he was exchanging pleasantries with:

“Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn’t told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns….”

“..Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn’t SNITCH I get fined!!” #thecode

Robert Sarver is the majority owner of the Suns.

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Check out this video of Jamal Crawford’s spectacular assist to Matt Barnes

On top of everything else Jamal Crawford did in Monday’s 102-98 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets – he scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter – Crawford made this spectacular assist to Matt Barnes as he was heading out of bounds. Barnes’ layup gave the Clippers a 96-94 lead with 1:24 to play in the game. Check it out:

 

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Clippers lead Cavaliers 64-61 at halftime in entertaining game at Staples Center

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Blake Griffin had 13 points in the first half Friday against the Cavs/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 64-61 at halftime of a very entertaining game Friday night at Staples Center.

Matt Barnes and Blake Griffin scored 13 points apiece to lead the Clippers with J.J. Redick scoring 11 and DeAndre Jordan scoring 10 while pulling down 11 rebounds.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 16 first-half points with LeBron James and Tristan Thompson each scoring 13. Kevin Love has not yet played after suffering from back spasms in Thursday’s game against the Lakers.

Austin Rivers, son of coach Doc Rivers, made his Clippers debut and played six minutes. He shot 0 of 3 from the field and did not score, but he did have an assist.

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Doc Rivers says his team’s four technical fouls Sunday were out of frustration

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Jamal Crawford received one of four technical fouls levied the Clippers on Sunday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Sunday received four technical fouls in their 104-90 loss to the visiting Miami Heat. DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul were T’d up in the first quarter, Matt Barnes in the third and Jamal Crawford not quite midway through the fourth quarter when the Clippers were down by 12 points.

Coach Doc Rivers, in so many words, admitted the four technicals might have been a result of his team being irritated by their struggles in the game.

“It was part of the frustration,” he said. “I don’t think the refs had anything to do with this game, that’s for sure. But when you’re tired, frustrated, that happens. I don’t like the techs, I thought they were quick techs; the first two, for sure. But it doesn’t matter, they were still techs.”

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Blake Griffin says Saturday’s win over Dallas a good one, but won’t rank it

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Blake Griffin scored 22 points to lead the Clippers on Saturday afternoon/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin’s Clippers on Saturday afternoon had just routed the Dallas Mavericks 120-100 after leading by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Since the Clippers have struggled against winning teams and were just 1-4 in their previous five such games heading in, Griffin was asked where this victory ranks this season.

“It is a good win,” he said. “I’m not really into ranking wins, but this is definitely a good win. Hopefully, we can build on it.”

Griffin scored 22 points to lead the Clippers, who had all five starters and sixth-man Jamal Crawford score in double figures.

Crawford scored 19, Matt Barnes had 18 points, Chris Paul had 17 points with 13 assists, J.J. Redick scored 16 and DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The Clippers (25-12) next play host to the Miami Heat (15-21) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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Matt Barnes had nine points in first quarter for Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks

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Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Matt Barnes scored nine points in the first quarter to help the Clippers (24-12) lead Dallas (26-11) 30-24 heading into the second quarter Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.

J.J. Redick had eight points for Los Angeles and Chandler Parsons led Dallas with five points

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Five things to take from the Clippers’ 114-89 rout of the Lakers

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Matt Barnes had 19 points in rout of Lakers and also kept Kobe Bryant in check/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- The Clippers this season have let poor teams back into games many times, so just because the Lakers are another one of those teams doesn’t mean the Clippers shouldn’t get credit for keeping their foot on the gas in this one, eventually leading by 43 points before settling for the 25-point victory.

- The Lakers were missing two of their regulars – Wesley Johnson (hip injury) and Ronnie Price (broken  nose), so the blowout still has to be taken in that context. The Clippers beat a bad team missing two key players. That’s what good teams should do.

- Matt Barnes did a nice job holding Kobe Bryant in check. Bryant shot 0 of 4 in the first half and 2 of 12 overall to score just four points while often behind hounded by Barnes, who also happened to score 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting – 5 of 10 from 3-point range.

- The five starters – Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin, Barnes and DeAndre Jordan – shot a combined 56.3 percent (31 of 55) from the field. It was only because the reserves shot a collective 30 percent (9 of 30) that the Clippers shot under 50 percent (47.1) overall.

- With all the good stuff that happened in this game – at least for the Clippers – will that translate into a victory Saturday over the Dallas Mavericks? Dallas (26-11) is a terrific team and the Clippers (24-12) have a losing record against such teams. Dallas is in a virtual tie with Memphis for third in the Western Conference standings, the Clippers are in sixth, a half-game behind fifth-place Houston.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 99-78 victory over the New York Knicks

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Matt Barnes played solid defense on Carmelo Anthony on New Years Eve/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- Matt Barnes scored nine points in this  one. But his biggest contribution came on the defensive end, where he helped harass Carmelo Anthony into a 7-for-18 shooting night. Anthony had a team-high 19 points, but he had to really work for them. Barnes also had two steals and a block.

- J.J. Redick scored a game-high 20 points after getting off to yet another quick start; he had 18 of his points in the first half, 13 in the first quarter. He finished 2014 by averaging 17.8 points in the month of December. He scored 20 or more points in eight of the 17 games, with a high of 25 on Dec. 13 in a 111-106 loss at Milwaukee.

- It was good to see that three bench players scored in double figures. More importantly, backup post Spencer Hawes was one of them. In his second game back after missing nine with a bone bruise in his left knee, Hawes scored 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting – 2 of 3 from 3-point range. He also had seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

- The Clippers had a fine rebounding game, getting 50 to 40 for the Knicks. Besides Hawes’ seven, fellow reserves Reggie Bullock and Glen “Big Baby” Davis each had five. DeAndre Jordan led with 12 with Blake Griffin getting seven and Matt Barnes five.

- With all of these accolades, let’s remember one thing – this was a very poor Knicks team that now has a record of 5-29. Had the Clippers not routed them, that would have made those currently wondering if the Clippers are truly an elite team, wonder even more. With the victory, the Clippers are still just 6-6 in their past 12 games. Only two of the victories during that stretch came against teams currently with winning records. Of the six losses, five came against teams currently with winning records.

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