Back in the 2006-2007 season, one of the biggest NBA news of the year was when the number eight seed Golden State Warriors were able to upset the top seed Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs. With Matt Barnes being part of that squad, he understands what it takes to win against the best, despite having the odds stacked against them.
That was exactly the kind of game he played on Saturday night, which reminded his teammate, Klay Thompson, of the Dubs team 10 years ago.
Klay on Matt Barnes tonight: 'He looked like 'We Believe' Matt Barnes.'
— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) March 19, 2017
He also added, via Daniel Mano of The Mercury News, that Barnes has been a huge addition to their team as he brings toughness off the bench and gave a lot of credit for the effort he gives despite his advanced age.
“He just brings a certain level of toughness that you need off the bench. He’s a huge asset for us and a great pickup.”
“He plays with great energy and moves so well for being 37 years old. I hope to be like that when I’m his age.”
Stephen Curry echoed the Thompson’s comments and even said that it feels like he’s been playing with them all season long.
“The way Matt’s kind of infused himself into our lineup on both ends of the floor has been amazing. He looks like he’s been here all year, just with the flow that he brings, moving the ball (and) the versatility that he has on the defensive end, guarding different positions.”
Barnes may have only finished the game with seven points, nine rebounds, and three assists, but his hustle and intensity on the defensive end was what made him very valuable to the Dubs that night. With Kevin Durant out, his presence has made it possible for them to recover from their losing streak earlier this month and return to their winning ways right away.
The Warriors have 13 games left in their regular season schedule and they are expected to give Barnes consistent playing time as they continue to bring him along in their rotation.