Matt Barnes on facing Sacramento Kings: 'I'm trying to kill them'
Mar 25 2017 by Francis Osborne
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Three weeks into his second stint with the Warriors, Matt Barnes has already established himself as one of the team's more candid players.
On Friday, Barnes, now with Golden State, will get a chance to play the Kings for the first time since he was waived when the Warriors host Sacramento. Barnes, who was signed for added wing depth with Kevin Durant out, has the unique opportunity to play a team he was on just last month.
Barnes wasn't happy with the way Sacramento treated DeMarcus Cousins - whose trade led directly to Barnes being released - and told the Sacramento Bee after his release that he was disappointed in the way everything went down with the Kings.
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"They're the enemy now". Barnes had been arrested two months earlier for allegedly assaulting a woman in a Manhattan nightclub. While the Golden State have seven winning games with the five consecutive wins.
Barnes is averaging 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 11 games with his new team. Last time these teams met, the Warriors blew the game open with a 42-15 run in the third quarter. They've held all of their opponents during their current winning streak to 104 points or less, and if they're able to continue that trend, the streak could be extended at least one more game.
"I'm trying to kill them", said Barnes. "Plain and simple. Things didn't go well there", he told reporters after Thursday's practice ahead of Friday night's showdown between the two northern California teams. "We're trying to kill them, beat them by 50".