By Broderick Turner
2:44 PM PST, December 24, 2013
Matt Barnes said he is “frustrated” that, although his flagrant-two foul was downgraded to a flagrant one, he was still fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for not leaving the court in a timely manner.
Barnes had been called for the flagrant two for fouling Minnesota’s Kevin Love during the Clippers’ victory over the Timberwolves on Sunday night at Staples Center.
Officials looked at the tape at halfcourt and ruled that Barnes would be called for a flagrant two and would be ejected from the game.
Barnes was upset at the call and had to be restrained by teammates Stephen Jackson and Willie Green from going after referee Marc Davis.
“It wasn’t a surprise,” Barnes said of his ejection. “Marc Davis told Kevin Love, ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to throw him out.’ So I kind of knew what his mind-set was.“It’s definitely a double standard here. But all I can do is play.”
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