Matt Barnes Injury: Updates on Grizzlies Star's Thumb and Return

MEMPHIS, TN - JULY 28:  Matt Barnes #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies poses for a portrait on July 28, 2015 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Brandon Dill/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2016

Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes was dealing with a thumb injury, which kept him out of Tuesday's game against the Houston Rockets. However, he is ready to make his return. 

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Barnes Active vs. Pistons

Thursday, Jan. 14

Barnes is available to play against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, per Rob Fischer of Fox Sports Southeast. 

Barnes' Versatility Has Been Key to Grizzlies' Success

Barnes may not be as important as superstars Marc Gasol or Mike Conley (who was also out Tuesday with a sore Achilles) in the Grizzlies attack, but he is a solid source of defense on the wing and can stretch the floor on the other end with his three-point stroke. Memphis relies on him to hit that shot when defenses collapse on Conley’s penetration or Gasol and Zach Randolph on the blocks.

Last season for the Los Angeles Clippers, Barnes averaged 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game behind 36.2 percent shooting from three-point range. He is averaging 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per night this year. His versatility at 6’7” gives Memphis a few different options with its lineup, as Barnes can play on small or big units.

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