Los Angeles Clippers Matt Barnes (2R) and Oklahoma City Thunder Serge Ibaka (L) skirmish in the final seconds of the second quarter, during NBA action, November 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. At far left is the Clippers Blake Griffin and at right is the Clippers Jared Dudley. The Los Angeles Times reported November 14, 2013 that in the final seconds of the second quarter of Wednesday's game between the Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Blake Griffin and Serge Ibaka got their arms entangled while trying to grab a rebound. They wrestled for a few seconds, then Matt Barnes intervened and shoved Ibaka, who responded by trying to push Barnes while apparently preparing to throw a punch. After Barnes left the court, he sent this tweet from the locker room, which was later taken down because it included an epithet and a curse word: "I love my teammates like family, but I'm DONE standing up for these ...! All this ... does is cost me money." Doc Rivers said he was disappointed by Barnes' words after the Clippers secured a 111-103 victory at Staples Center. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Matt Barnes is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies now, after the Clippers included him in the trade with the Hornets that brought Lance Stephenson to Los Angeles.
But Barnes played for the Clippers the past three seasons, during a time when the team had more than its fair share of physical battles with Serge Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder. And evidently, Barnes still holds a grudge.
Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:
"He's just dirty" - Matt Barnes on Serge Ibaka. "... He hit Blake in the [groin] twice."
Ibaka did indeed; you can see the offending plays here and here.
We won't get into whether or not Barnes should be calling anyone else dirty, which is certainly reasonable to debate.
But given the fact that Ibaka and Barnes seem to want to fight each other, those regular season games between the Thunder and the Grizzlies can't get here soon enough.