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Clippers’ Matt Barnes in hot water again

tcouzens@sacbee.com

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, right, talks with teammate Matt Barnes, left, prior to Game 1 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston.
Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, right, talks with teammate Matt Barnes, left, prior to Game 1 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston. AP

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▪ Matt Barnes, who played at Del Campo High School and UCLA, has a reputation for inappropriate comments and behavior during games. The Clippers forward was fined $50,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate language at James Harden’s mother during Houston’s 115-109 victory Wednesday in the Western Conference semifinals. The alleged comment is far too vulgar to repeat in a family newspaper. According to TMZ, Barnes apologized to Monja Willis after the game when he was confronted by one of Willis’ other sons. Rockets coach Kevin McHale summed things up Thursday, telling ESPN: “You don’t say anything to (the mother). ... I never thought of talking bad to (Magic Johnson’s) mother. It’s hard enough talking trash to Magic.”

▪ In his first public appearance since he was implicated in the NFL’s “Deflategate” report, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady easily deflected the softball questions from Jim Gray at the O’Keefe Center in Salem, Mass. Sure, Brady was in front of a friendly hometown group, but Gray, a veteran broadcaster who once worked Kings games, should have asked Brady directly if he was involved in deflating footballs during last season’s playoffs. Not sure if we’re more disgusted with Brady or Gray.

▪ Some of the biggest names in golf will play in the U.S. Senior Open next month at Del Paso Country Club. Starting June 25, expect to see Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite, Corey Pavin and Scott Simpson in the field of 156 players. Sure, they’re 50 and older, but more than 125,000 spectators are expected to watch them play over seven days. Fox Sports will broadcast live from Del Paso for 20 hours during the four days of competition. We wouldn’t say it’s the biggest event ever in Sacramento, but it’s certainly in the conversation.

Tom Couzens

tcouzens@sacbee.com

What to watch

NBA playoffs, Golden State at Memphis, 5 p.m., Ch. 10: Can Stephen Curry and company take back home-court advantage?


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