1) Despite being fined $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for kicking a water bottle into the stands during the Clippers game at Washington on Friday night and for “directing profane language at fans,” Matt Barnes had another strong game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Barnes, who had his layup blocked by Giannis Antetokounmpo, threw down a two-handed dunk over Antetokounmpo in the third quarter. Barnes flexed and was given a technical foul.
It didn’t seem to matter because Barnes was on his game.
Barnes had 26 points, making 10 of 18 field goals, six of eight on three-pointers.
He also talked about getting fined by the NBA.
“I don’t know why they call you,” Barnes said about his telephone conversation with the league office Saturday. “They’ve already got their minds made up. Why call me?
“They [the fans] can cuss and throw [stuff] at us and do whatever they want. But if we say something back to them, it’s a fine. I thought we were the product. But when it comes to me, I’m never going to win that. So I got to take what they [fans] say, and if I get hit with something, I’ve got to take that and smile. It is what it is.”
2) The Clippers made sure to get J.J. Redick involved in the offense early.
When the Clippers have gotten Redick lots of shots early in games, all of them have played better.
Redick had 11 points in the first quarter, going three-for-six from the field, two-for-three from three-point range. Redick also had three rebounds in the first.
He finished with 25 points.
3) Chris Paul is not taking care of the basketball, something he always takes pride in doing.
After turning the ball over six times during the Clippers’ loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night, Paul said he wouldn’t have that many turnovers against the Bucks.
Paul had five turnovers by halftime against the Bucks, finishing the game with six.
4) The Clippers were not very good on defense against the Bucks, appearing unable to stop anything Milwaukee wanted to do.
The Clippers allowed the Bucks to make 56.6% of their shots, 63.6% of their three-pointers.
5) The Clippers found out that playing against the weaker Eastern Conference is not so easy.
They lost to the Washington Wizards on Friday night and to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Prior to those back-to-back losses, the Clippers had been 6-1 against the East.