It was obvious that Matt Barnes’ back was bothering him on Sunday afternoon. He never really looked “right” and only played 15 minutes. He finished with 2 points on 1-of-4 shooting, grabbed 3 rebounds and had 1 assist. Barnes offered a couple of comments about his injured back after the game Sunday.
“I didn’t get a chance to to get it real lose tonight,” Barnes told reporters following the game.
Barnes was lifted in favor of Mickael Pietrus and eventually J.J. Redick.
“But it’s no excuse. I didn’t get it done tonight. Coach had to go with someone who was ready. I am going to continue to get treatment and I’ll be ready for Game 2.”
Barnes’ injury is even more incentive to the Magic go with a lineup consisting of both J.J. Redick and Vince Carter.
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