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Down by 4 with 8 secs left, Chris Paul is called for a phantom foul on Matt Barnes’ 3pt shot/flop

Published on November 10th, 2015 by Astramskas, David | 3,030 views

I see the master taught Matt Barnes well.

Down by 4 with less than 10 seconds on the clock, the refs called a foul on master Chris Paul as former teammate Matt Barnes flopped on a 3-point shot attempt. Barnes made all 3 free throws bringing the Griz within 1 and then after a free throw contest between Jamal Crawford, Marc Gasol and Paul, the Clippers survived by 2.

“I was just glad I made it out alive,” said Paul, who also got poked in the eye by Zach Randolph in the 2nd half.

HOMECOMING GAME

The Clippers fans weren’t too happy to see Barnes shooting 3 free throws near the end of the game but they did show him a lot of love in the first quarter when a thank you message to Barnes was shown on the video board.

“It’s still family,” Barnes said. “It’s bittersweet. I had a lot of good times here. L.A. is home but I’m in Memphis now. This is a solid situation for me, especially considering this is the team the Clippers went to war with in the playoffs. So to be traded, and end up in Memphis where I still have a chance to win, it’s a blessing.”

Doc Rivers also praised his former player.

“He was a great instigator. It’s an underrated thing in the league,” Rivers said. “He had the ability to get under people’s skin and that’s not a bad thing.”

Had and not bad? I think there’s another coach and former LA native in the league who would disagree.

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PHOTO: DEANDRE AND MATT BARNES

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(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

 

 






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