The band is back together ladies and gentlemen.
Though Doc Rivers spoke on it briefly during the pre-game conference before the team faced off with the Utah Jazz, Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles has reported that Matt Barnes has returned to practice after missing all of the played preseason games due to a left calf strain.
Here is what Barnes had to say about his return to the court:
“I’m feeling good,” Barnes said. “As long as everything goes well I should be playing tomorrow. It’s been frustrating but also educational to see where I can have an effect on the second unit. Our second unit still doesn’t have an identity and sitting back and watching these last six games I really see where I can fill in voids and be that voice for the second unit to get us doing what we need to do offensively and defensively.”
via Barnes returns, has a message for Lakers | ESPN Los Angeles
For the first time since training camp began, the Los Angeles Clippers core players are healthy and on the floor. The only injury the team is currently dealing with is second year player Maalik Wayns as he’s set to get surgery on his torn meniscus Friday. In yesterday’s victory against the Utah Jazz, shooting guards J.J. Redick and Reggie Bullock played in their first games of the preseason. While Bullock didn’t score in his five minutes of play Redick contributed nicely scoring 14 points in 20 minutes of play.
Barnes’ minutes will likely be restricted in tomorrow’s preseason finale, but his return will mean less minutes for Jared Dudley who Rivers said was playing too many minutes in the preseason which was largely a result of Barnes’ (and Bullock’s) absence