After missing the first seven exhibitions because of a sore left calf Clippers small forward Matt Barnes said that he would practice Thursday and hoped to play Friday night against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center in L.A.'s final exhibition.

Barnes hasn't gotten in a full practice since he was injured about three weeks ago. He said it was important to see how his "running and endurance" would be at practice Thursday.

"If everything goes well" Barnes said "I should be playing tomorrow."

The Clippers open the regular against the Lakers on Tuesday night and Barnes a tough defender who also moves well without the ball is an important part of the Clippers' second team.

"It's been frustrating but also educational to really see where I can have an effect on that second unit" Barnes said. "Our second still doesn't have an identity. I think just sitting back watching these last seven games I really see where I can help filling voids and really be that voice for that second unit to get us to do what we need to do offensively and defensively."