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Derek Fisher not focusing on Matt Barnes ahead of first matchup since October confrontation

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Fisher: Not thinking of Barnes before Knicks-Grizzlies (1:47)

ESPNNewYork's Ian Begley discusses Derek Fisher's comments on Matt Barnes and what to expect during Saturday's meeting between the Knicks and Grizzlies. (1:47)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks coach Derek Fisher doesn't expect to have any run-ins with Matt Barnes on Saturday when his team plays the Memphis Grizzlies.

"No, I really don't," Fisher said after practice Friday. "We're trying to win games, and that's really all that I'm thinking about as a coach. ... Those are the thoughts that I'm having. I don't concern myself with the other stuff."

Barnes and Fisher will be in the same building Saturday for the first time since the two ex-Lakers were involved in an off-the-court altercation at the home of Barnes' ex-wife in Los Angeles on Oct. 3. Fisher is from Little Rock, Ark., which is two hours away, and will have 11 family members in attendance at the game for support, according to NorthJersey.com.

The Grizzlies forward said he doesn't expect to address Fisher during the game.

"I just don't like him, plain and simple," Barnes said Saturday. "He knows I don't like him. Don't say nothing to me; I don't plan on saying nothing to him. Don't try to shake my hand. There's none of that. There's nothing there. There never will be. Just stay away from me basically."

Fisher had little reaction to Barnes' comments -- including "I don't talk to snakes" -- made to the New York Daily News on Thursday.

"It has no impact on me, really," Fisher said. "So I don't think about it. It has nothing to do with us trying to figure out how to win the game tomorrow, so I don't really think much about it at all. I obviously respect what [the media has] to do, in terms of the question. But it's of no consequence to me at this point. I'm just continuing to move forward and trying to help this team be successful."

Barnes was suspended two games by the NBA for the incident, which occurred during a party at the home of Gloria Govan. Barnes told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that he went to Govan's home to check on his 6-year-old twin sons after receiving text messages and using FaceTime with his sons and sensing they were uncomfortable. Barnes said one of the twins told him, "Mommy's friend Derek is here."

Barnes lives about 15 minutes from Govan's house in Redondo Beach, California. He drove to the home, where the situation among Barnes, Fisher and Govan escalated and a physical altercation reportedly took place. No charges were filed.

"Everyone from the top to bottom would've done the same thing," Barnes said. "When it comes to family, it's family. Unfortunately, you have to watch who you call friends these days. That's it."

The NBA has said its investigation of the incident is closed, so no punishment is expected for Fisher. The National Basketball Players Association has filed a grievance on behalf of Barnes in an attempt to recoup the player's lost salary during suspension.

While Fisher has mostly deflected questions on the incident, Barnes has shared his opinion on it several times, including in an Instagram post on New Year's Eve.

Carmelo Anthony said Friday that the incident between Fisher and Barnes is not a topic of discussion among his teammates.

"Nobody even brings it up," he said. "So we're going to try to keep that outside of here. I don't think that our coach is even thinking about that at this point."