Last night, the LA Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder got into a bit of a scuffle. It all began when Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin’s arms got tangled after a rebound. Ibaka wanted to free his arm, and applied a little extra force when “getting rid of” Griffin, as Jeff Van Gundy so eloquently described the incident. LA Clippers Matt Barnes enters the fray, shoves Ibaka, and then egos explode.
Check the video and listen to JVG’s play-by-play of the event. As you’d imagine, it’s pretty great.
After about a 10-minute delay, the refs ejected Serge Ibaka (which was the biggest loss because it impacted the result of the game) and Matt Barnes, and charged Blake Griffin with a technical foul. While an idle and heated Barnes retreated to the locker room, he expressed his frustrations during the third quarter via the following tweet. He deleted it within minutes, but not before USA Today was able to get a screenshot of the tweet.
SMH…what an idiot.
As usual, Barnes is doing the most. It’s one thing to finally learn from this experience and display some restraint and maturity the next time something like this happens, and another to publicly announce that his teammates are on their own because it’s costing him money. If money is his primary concern, he should probably also quit tweeting during the game. While his profane tweet made this situation 100 times worse, the single act of tweeting is a violation of the NBA’s social media policy. So, the NBA will dig in Barnes’ pockets twice — for getting ejected and tweeting during the game. Smarten up, Barnes.