Matt Barnes’ follow-up season to his career-best year in 2012-13 has gotten off to an awful start.
Due to being raked in the eye by Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, Barnes will miss at least two weeks due to a retinal tear.
On the season Matt Barnes has averaged 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds on 34 percent shooting. He has struggled from the three-point line, shooting 25 percent on the season.
Here is an Instagram video Barnes posted following his eye surgery:
While it’s never good to see a player go down to injury, Barnes’ absence opens things up for rookie Reggie Bullock to, once again, prove himself as a player. In last night’s victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Bullock contributed six points (2-2 from three) and one rebound in 12 minutes of play. That’s nothing to get hype about, but between his ability to hit the open three and defend on the opposite side of the floor, Bullock will fit in nicely in the ‘Matt Barnes role’. If he shows some rookie missteps, Doc Rivers will likely opt for veterans Willie Green and Antawn Jamison to get some minutes.
Johan Buva of ESPN True Hoop’s Clipper Blog points out the games Barnes will miss in the next two weeks:
Games Barnes will miss (at the least): @ OKC, vs SAC, vs CHI, vs NYK, @ SAC, vs IND, @ ATL, @ MEM. Potential return @ CLE on Dec. 7.
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) November 22, 2013