Matt Barnes Out at Least 2 Weeks Following Eye Surgery

by November 22, 2013
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The LA Clippers announced that forward Matt Barnes had successful eye surgery to repair a retinal tear. Barnes will be out at least two weeks. From the team website: “Barnes sustained a retinal tear in his left eye on Nov. 18 when he was inadvertently hit by Memphis forward Zach Randolph. He underwent successful surgery to repair the injury Thursday night and will not be available until sometime in December, at the earliest. ‘It’s disappointing news,’ Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. ‘We thought we were going to catch a break as of even yesterday afternoon. The swelling was going down and we thought that was great news. Right before I came to talk to you guys (the media) I got a call that said the exact opposite.’ Barnes did not travel with the Clippers (8-5) to Minneapolis and Oklahoma City this week as he awaited test results on his injured eye. In the meantime, Reggie Bullock, Willie Green, and, perhaps, Antawn Jamison will see time in Barnes’ absence.”