The Clippers lost a big, physical presence when Reggie Evans left in a sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets over the summer. Evans went toe-to-toe with Memphis' Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol in the playoffs and was a fan favorite.

Still, Matt Barnes has brought some of that moxie to the Clippers this season, something they'll need down the stretch and in the playoffs. Barnes, a UCLA product, has flourished with the Clippers, his ninth year in the NBA.

He's averaging 10.7 points and 4.4 rebounds, and he gives the Clippers an edge they needed.

"I just think Matt's a quality player," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We were fortunate to get him. We're happy we have him. He's had a tremendous year for us. I have a lot of trust in him, and I expect a lot of him and he knows that."

Barnes showed his versatility by knocking down an early 3-pointer in the first quarter.

His numbers in the regular season surely have surpassed expectations. His play in the postseason will be crucial for the Clippers.

"I just think he's comfortable with his role on the team," Del Negro said.

"I have a lot of confidence in him. He's done a good job for us in a lot of different areas, his versatility, and he does a nice job running the court. He's got a good edge to him on the defensive end.