Matt Barnes (Matt_Barnes22) on Twitter is playing great basketball on both ends of the floor and has been said to be a great locker room guy thus far early in the season. Clipper fans were worried that Barnes would be an unhealthy addition to the great so called locker room with guys like Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, and Grant Hill.
Caron Butler is dealing with a nagging injury to his right shoulder, Butler sat out tonights loss to the Thunder in Overtime 117-111. Barnes is the next small forward in line to take his place and took over the box score, scoring 19 points along with 9 rebounds.
The real story is whether Butler is out for a game or for a week is it Barnes job to win?
Caron Butler – 23:31 MPG – 46.8 FG % – 2.1 RPG – 0.9 APG – 9.4 PPG
Efficiency Rating: + 7.60
Matt Barnes – 25:53 MPG– 43.4 FG % – 5.8 RPG – 1.6 APG – 8.8 PPG (1.9 SPG)
Efficiency Rating: + 11.33
By the overall numbers Matt Barnes is having slightly a better season and has been given more minutes by Vinny Del Negro.
If I were Vinny I’d keep it the way it is, the bench is amazing so far.
Next up for the Clippers: vs. Atlanta on Friday.