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Matt Barnes looks to return to the Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes looks to return to the lineup sometime this week. According to Barnes he has been cleared by medical staff and is eagerly awaiting to return to the team.

Sporting a new look, Barnes now wears protective goggles, similar to what Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich wears in every game.

“I haven’t really got a chance to practice, so I don’t know how much I’ll play, but I’m cleared,” said Barnes.

It's not clear if Barnes will play tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans, but is dedicated to staying beyond practice to review plays with his teammates that include Ryan Hollins, Darren Collison and newcomer Stephen Jackson.

Not a fan of his new eye wear, it will take some time for Barnes to get used to anything being on his face when he plays in a game.

It's been an up battle thus far this season for Barnes who has battled injures since the pre season.

“With four weeks off it will take a little bit of game running and game moving to get the feel back,” Barnes said. “My body feels good."

With Barnes returning to the second unit along with Jackson, this Clipper team will once again be one of the deeper teams in the Western Conference if not in the NBA. The timing of Barnes return couldn't have come at a better time for this team.

Still without Reggie Bullock and JJ Redick out due to injuries, Barnes' presence is a welcomed addition to this eclectic and gifted group of talented players that will be a nightmare to their foes, across the league.



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