Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  By L.A. TIMES  |  Last updated 11/6/13
Clippers forward Matt Barnes is not going to play against the Orlando Magic because of a bruised right thigh. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Barnes also may not play Thursday night when L.A. plays at the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. "I think he got hit in the last game," said Rivers, referring to the Clippers' 137-118 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday at Staples Center. Rivers said not having Barnes, the seventh-man on the team, "is a tough one" for the Clippers because they lose depth behind starting small forward Jared Dudley. Rivers said if the Magic plays a small lineup he'll use 6-foot-3 guard Willie Green in place of Barnes. But if the Magic plays big, Rivers said, he'll use rookie small forward Reggie Bullock, who is 6-foot-7. "So that's a tough one," Rivers said. "Each night, the next two nights, that'll be with more who (the Magic and Heat) have on the floor than who we want to play." Barnes dealt with a bruised left calf during training camp, limi...
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