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Clippers Matt Barnes suspended game for foul on Stiemsma

Feb 1, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

Yes, that deserved a suspension — you go at a guy’s neck, you get ejected and suspended for a game.

The league officially suspended the Clippers Matt Barnes one game for his flagrant foul II on Gregg Stiemsma of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Barnes will sit out the Clippers game Friday night against Toronto.

The incident happened with 8:26 left in the second quarter. Barnes ran into a screen set by Stiemsma and took offense at… I don’t know what. That looked like a pretty standard NBA high screen. But Barnes went at his neck and the second he did you knew he would get suspended.

For my money, Stiemsma should have been ejected and should be suspended for the blatant mid-air push he gave Grant Hill later that game. Stiemsma only got a flagrant I on that call, I have no real idea why.

Friday night will see a couple shorthanded teams in Toronto — the Clippers will again be without Chris Paul and now Barnes. The Raptors traded away point guard Jose Calderon but will not have Rudy Gay suited up for this game yet.

  1. kj0021 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    dang matt barnes is by far the toughest man in sports

    • kavika6 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      Replace “toughest” with “dirtiest” or “ugliest”.

  2. fruitcovejag - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I like Matt some, but there is no question as to if he is a punk. He has proven that to be true over the course of several of these types of instances.

  3. aventador12 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I agree. He should’ve got the same for his intentional shove on Grant Hill on that play. Total BS considering he looked like he had no remorse on it too.

  4. FeedtheOldtotheYoung - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Stiemsma should have head butted Matt Barnes’ nose into his skull. Punk.

  5. hodaghunter - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Looking at both plays, both players got off pretty easy. I’m in no means a fan of either team but Barnes actions in which he did it not once, but twice (refs only called it the second time he did it) and what Stiemsma did was endanger a player’s career.
    In my book Barnes should have gotten 2 games and Stiemsma should have gotten at least 2 if not 3…

  6. alexb1234 - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Barnes might be a punk but this was probably not an isolated incident…..Steimsma is the dirtiest player in the NBA BY FAR and Barnes was prob tired of his crap and I’m not a fan of either team so i don’t have a rooting interest…i encourage everybody from now on watch Steimsma play and watch the little things he does u will see what I am talking about if u don’t already know

  7. dluxxx - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I don’t think I’d call the foul on Hill blatant. That would imply that Steimsma had complete control over his body when going up for a rebound, and honestly I don’t think he’s that agile. As for the no remorse… well how remorseful would you look if as soon as the foul occured you started getting pushed around by 2 guys? Not very. Barnes is a punk. Pure and simple. Stiemsma? I’d call him more of a clumsy oaf.

    • abchome - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Stiemsma couldn’t control his arms? That’s a push with both arms. Perhaps Barnes couldn’t control his right arm just like Stiemsma.

  8. aventador12 - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Watch the replay bud. As soon as he shoved G. Hill with both of his arms stretched, mind you, and as soon as Hill fell flat, he just stared down on him, that’s pretty much a no-remorse look and attitude pal. And of course, Hill’s teammates OBVIOUSLY would come to his aid (wouldn’t you?) considering how the whole play looked to them. It can be a career-ending outcome on Hill alone just by looking on how he hit the deck. Flat on his back.

  9. kanemoney - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    He wasn’t going for the throat. That was just a playground shove. That’s not a fight – that’s foreplay to a fight.

  10. 11thstreetmafia - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    The NBA is full of fake tough guys.

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