No Barnes for Clippers tonight in OKC

Thunder, Clippers have developed an interesting rivalry

11/21/13 in NBA   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

OKLAHOMA CITY – Well, there won't be any altercation with Matt Barnes of the Clippers tonight.
 
Barnes, who shoved the Thunder's Serge Ibaka last week when the teams met in Los Angeles, didn't make the trip to Oklahoma City for tonight's game. He's dealing with injuries.
 
Nov 18, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Matt Barnes (22) reacts in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY SportsIbaka and Barnes were both ejected in the Clippers victory last Thursday. It was the second incident between the two teams in the past two seasons. Last year, Ibaka was fined for punching Blake Griffin below the belt. Griffin and Ibaka also got tangled up last week and it looked like nothing would end up happening, but Barnes escalated the intensity when he shoved Ibaka.
 
Ibaka was six-for-six for 13 points in the first half when he was thrown out.
 
"I'm sure they want all their players just like we want all ours," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We're not concerned about Barnes, we're concerned about the Clippers."
 
Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said just about the same thing, suggesting every one of the 82 games is important and he wasn't thinking about any paybacks or bad blood between the teams.
 
"It's not about one player," Brooks said. "It's about us vs. them."
 
The Thunder head into Thursday's game 4-0 at home this season.
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