Mar 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) and Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (5) jostle under the basket for rebounding position during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Mr. Grit and Grind?
As per above Memphis picked up Matt Barnes who if you asked me to pick a player to fit the identity of the team feels like a perfect fit with the defensively minded grind house crew. Barnes will be able to add perimeter scoring which the Grizzlies are in desperate need of. Defensively imagine a small ball line-up featuring both Tony Allen and Barnes on the court, that’s a nightmare for opposing wings!
I think the loss of Barnes may be felt by the Clippers who may under value his toughness. Looking back on the season it’s often Barnes who takes matters into his own hands to set tones in games. Like when he did this to James Harden:
I’m sure Stephenson can adapt to the defense and will excel in a faster pace, however the intangibles Barnes brings are a plenty. Forget about his three-point scoring, once Doc Rivers and Chris Paul realize Lance deals with changing momentum in a far different way they might be longing for Barnes return:
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