Harrison Barnes dunks on Ryan Anderson (Video)

Harrison Barnes Ryan AndersonThe NBA season may have ended, but that doesn’t mean we’re done posting basketball highlights. Team USA Basketball is having camp in Las Vegas this week, and they played a televised scrimmage at the Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday. One of the highlights was Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes dunking on New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson with a sick facial.

Barnes finished with 18 points, three rebounds, and three steals in the game, which was a nice follow-up to his strong performance in the playoffs. The only thing missing from the dunk highlight was the Warriors bench going crazy.

Ben Golliver at SI’s Point Forward has a good recap of the action in Vegas if you’re looking for more.

Harrison Barnes fell on his head, got stitches, was cleared to return, then left with headaches

Harrison Barnes WarriorsThe Golden State Warriors medical staff may be faced with some questions after what happened with Harrison Barnes during Game 6 of the Warriors’ season-ending 94-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

Barnes went to defend Boris Diaw late in the second quarter when he was up-ended and fell hard on the floor. He landed on his face and was down for several minutes before walking off to the locker room.

Barnes received six stitches above his eye during halftime but returned to start the second half. He then left the game in the fourth quarter because of headaches. What’s odd is the medical staff said he passed his concussion tests and was cleared to play at halftime. He finished with nine points and four rebounds.

(Here comes the obligatory “I’m not a doctor, but …)

I’m not a doctor, but doesn’t it sound to you like Barnes may have exhibited some concussion signs? The guy fell on his face and landed hard. He left the game with headaches. I know it was the last game of the season and all, but maybe they should not have cleared him to return to the game. You figure that would have been obvious, but maybe not.

Here’s a look at the stitches above Barnes’ eye:

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Warriors bench has great reaction to Harrison Barnes dunk (Video)

Warriors-benchThe Golden State Warriors were able to beat the Denver Nuggets on the road in a high-scoring affair on Tuesday night, and an outstanding performance from Harrison Barnes helped get them there. The former North Carolina star led the way with 24 points and six rebounds, but it was his reverse jam in the fourth quarter that really put the exclamation point on the evening.

As you can see, the Warriors bench loved it. This GIF that @cjzero passed along encapsulates their reaction to perfection:


Golden State did what it had to do in tying the series 1-1 before heading game for Game 3. The Warriors have lost David Lee for the remainder of the playoffs, but they proved on Tuesday that they are still capable of lighting up the scoreboard. Barnes averaged only 9.2 points per game during the regular season, but the team will need more 24-point performances from him in the absence of Lee if they want to advance to the next round.