This wouldn't be the first time Barnes has played against The Truth. The Orlando small forward went on to say, "I’ve studied his game a lot and played against him in the summertime in L.A...I don’t go for a lot of the stuff that he tries to do, but he still makes tough shots. He’s a tough player. I think that I can slow him down. You don’t really stop anybody; you just want to slow him down.’’ Pierce knows that last part all too well after having to guard reigning two-time MVP LeBron James in the last series.
However, rather than sticking to the humble, "He's a great player. He does this, that, and the other thing right..." type quote, Barnes took a shot at Pierce, saying, “My third foul in the third quarter, when I tried to beat him over the screen, he fell down like I threw him. It was ridiculous. But the refs called it so it was a good play. It was a flop, 100 percent, and that’s how some guys like to play. But if the refs call it, it’s effective.” Those are big words for a guy averaging a whopping four pointers per game in the series.
I don't think the statement is nearly as cold as Q-Rich's "actresses" accusation in the opening round, but saying that down 2-0 in the series and going into the Garden is just not smart. The Celtics fans are going to absolutely eat him alive. If Orlando coach, Stan Van Gundy, does assign Barnes to guard Paul in Game 3, I just don't think Barnes has the size and speed to defend Pierce well. I fully expect the Celtics captain to rise to the occasion and make Barnes eat his words. Stephen Bailey 5/21/2010 09:15:00 AM Tweet