During the Clippers’s loss to the Rockets last night, Matt Barnes said something very bad to James Harden’s mother. Something so bad that, according to TMZ, after the game Harden’s brother confronted Barnes and forced him to apologize:

[Harden’s mother Monja] Willis tells us ... “My older son walked over to him and told him to apologize ... and he did.”

Monja says, “What he told me was that he would never want to disrespect anyone’s mother because his mother passed from cancer ... and that he was sorry.”

“I accept his apology.”

As the mother of an NBA player, Willis has surely heard her fair share of basketball trash talk before. So what could Barnes have said that was so bad it compelled Harden’s brother to go do something about it?

Yeah, that’ll do it.

As his primary defender, Matt Barnes was going at Harden all game, including picking up a technical foul in the first quarter for bumping him. It is even possible that insulting Harden’s mother contributed to the Clippers loss. They led by nine at halftime and three at the end of the third quarter, but a determined-looking Harden went off for 16 points in the fourth for the win.

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