ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 21: Matt Barnes #22 of the Orlando Magic celebrates after hitting a three-pointer against the Charlotte Bobcats in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on April 21, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. 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. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Orlando Magic forward Matt Barnes had back spasms today, which kept him out of practice, but he will start tomorrow's Eastern Conference Finals opener against the Boston Celtics. More from Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel:
Barnes will arrive at Amway Arena early on Sunday to get treatment on the injury. The rest of Orlando’s active roster practiced. The Magic will play the Celtics at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, their first game since Monday’s Game 4 against the Atlanta Hawks.
"I’m just getting a lot of treatment," Barnes said. "I should be playing tomorrow. If I’m on the court my back won’t be an issue. If I’m out there, I should be fine."
Barnes said he will have two or three more treatments today.
Hard to know what, exactly, to make of this injury. Barnes has played most of the year with ligament damage in his left hand, so we know he has a high pain threshold. Then again, ligament damage and back spasms aren't exactly similar ailments.