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NBA suspends Clippers’ Matt Barnes ahead of clash with Raptors

L.A. Clippers' forward Matt Barnes (L) pushes Minnesota Timberwolves' center Greg Stiemsma during the first half of their NBA basketball game in the Target Center in Minneapolis, January 30, 2013. Barnes was ejected from the game after the altercation and suspended for one game by the NBA on Friday.

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Los Angeles Clippers guard-forward Matt Barnes was suspended for one game without pay Friday by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Minnesota's Gregg Stiemsma.

Barnes will miss Friday night's game against Toronto, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced.

With 8:26 left in the second quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Timberwolves. Barnes ran into a high screen set by Stiemsma and then grabbed Stiemsma's neck and shoved him. Barnes was called for a flagrant II foul.

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The Clippers go into Friday's matchup against the Raptors without Barnes and point guard Chris Paul, who will miss a sixth straight game with a knee injury.

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