After he was tossed, Barnes tweeted during the third quarter, "I love my teammates like family, but I'm DONE standing up for these n----s! All this s--- does is cost me money. …" The tweet was later deleted.
Barnes and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka were ejected with 6.2 seconds left in the second quarter after Ibaka and Clippers forward Blake Griffin got tangled up as Griffin attempted a shot. Griffin was assessed a technical foul on the play.
"I think he's very emotional and down that he got thrown out," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Barnes' online outburst. "I get that part, but the choice of words, obviously that's not a word I'm a fan of in all venues."