BARNES FILEAge: 34Height: 6-foot-7College: UCLACareer statistics: 8.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg2014-15 statistics: 9.4 ppg, 3.2 rpgSeaons pro: 12 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Yeah, I couldn’t even imagine dealing with everything that he’s dealing with,” Crawford said. “But he’s found a way. He’s a professional, he’s played well and I’m happy for him. When he’s playing like that, it makes our team better.”Crawford said everyone on the team has Barnes’ back.“He knows that we’re all here for him,” Crawford said. “Whenever he wants to talk and whatever he needs, we’re here for him.”Barnes and his wife separated in mid-October during training camp. It affected his game, to be sure, because he could not buy a basket during the exhibition schedule.Barnes began the regular season by averaging just 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 games in November. He shot 43.1 percent from the field, 35.7 from 3-point range, which was not too shabby considering he at one time during the preseason was shooting just 9.3 percent (3-for-31) from the field.Barnes then averaged 9.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 games in December, shooting 48.8 percent – 39.4 percent from beyond the arc. He had a high of 26 points Dec. 13 at Milwaukee. And in five games in January, he’s averaging 12.8 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 48.9 percent.Barnes, a 6-foot-7 small forward out of UCLA who formerly played with the Lakers, is feeling better. That’s for sure.“You never like to blame anything,” he said of the early troubles. “I just couldn’t hit a shot. But I had a lot of stuff going on, you know? So things are starting to clear up somewhat and I’m back to playing basketball.” Coach Doc Rivers has noticed.“I don’t know the off-the-court stuff, you know, I don’t want to get into that. But on the court, I think he’s playing extremely free,” Rivers said during the recent homestand. “That’s what we need him to do.”This has not been an easy split. According to reports on TMZ and other publications, Barnes and his wife might have separated because of “trust” issues stemming from Govan allegedly forging her husband’s signature on a loan document.One thing’s certain, Barnes has learned a lot about himself during the ordeal.“Just that you’ve gotta stay mentally tough, man,” he said. “Everybody goes through it. When I go through it or when we (pro athletes) go through it, it’s on a world stage, especially with my ex being a reality TV star.“So just stay mentally strong, making sure my kids are always OK, first and foremost. And then when I have basketball, I have basketball. And then when basketball is done, I focus on the rest of the bull(bleep).”Barnes is shooting 44.4 percent (12 of 27) from 3-point range this month – 52.9 percent (9 of 17) the past three games. His focus is where it belongs. On his twins, whom he obviously adores, and that deep 3-ball from the corner he likes to bury. Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers sat at his locker before a recent game at Staples Center. He listened as a reporter began to pose a question and he began making sounds while slightly nodding his head as if to indicate he knew where the reporter was going.How tough has it been to concentrate on being an NBA professional when you are going through the trials and tribulations of a separation and possible divorce?“Um … very difficult,” he said. “You know, especially when your ex is an attention seeker.”Barnes in 2012 married Gloria Govan, who starred on “Basketball Wives: LA.” As the story goes, their relationship was on full display on the show during a pre-marriage breakup in 2011. They have twin sons, the cutest little guys who are often with Dad in the locker room after games. The look on Barnes’ face when discussing the situation tells a story. There’s pain, yet strength.“I’m really out here earning my money right now, to say the least,” said Barnes, whose 25-13 team plays Wednesday night at 7:30 at Portland (29-8). “My job is to focus and play basketball. But, you know, people don’t realize that we have a lot more going on in our lives than just basketball.“I’m a father going through a situation, so I just thank my teammates and my coaches for really understanding what I’m going through and working with me through this. And knowing what I’m capable of and believing in me.”PHOTOS: Matt Barnes and Gloria GovanTeammate Jamal Crawford winced, and then smiled slightly, when he was asked about how well Barnes has handled his personal turmoil.