Dallas Mavericks: J.J. Barea leads Puerto Rico to victory over Panama

Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea played the starring role in Puerto Rico’s victory over Panama on Sept. 14 in a 2019 World Cup qualifying game.

The Dallas Mavericks are entering their tenth season with veteran point guard J.J. Barea.  Barea turned 34 in June but is coming off arguably the best season of his career.  He averaged career-highs in assists, points, rebounds, and 3-pointers made per game last season.

The Mavs expect Barea to play a similar role as the backup point guard this year.  He should play somewhere between 20 and 25 minutes per game and continue to produce well in Coach Rick Carlisle’s system.

Barea is currently off playing for the Puerto Rico National Team in 2019 World Cup qualifying.  They are currently facing two games in the second round in hopes of advancing to the tournament.  Puerto Rico has four wins in six contests entering this phase and will be in prime position to qualify with two victories.

Barea stars in win

On Sept. 14, Barea dominated as Puerto Rico defeated Panama 82-73 thanks to a steady all-around performance.  He led the team with 18 points and seven assists.  Barea also chipped in two rebounds and a 3-pointer on seven of 15 from the field and three of five from the foul line in just fewer than 24 and a half minutes played.

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The Mavs point guard continues to lead his team in points and assists per game throughout qualifying.  He is the engine of the Puerto Rico offense.  Expect a few more massive games from Barea as his team advances in the competition.

Next game

J.J. Barea and Puerto Rico conclude this set of games with a contest against Argentina on Monday, Sept. 17.  Argentina is tied with the United States at six wins and one loss.  Puerto Rico is third at five and two, so significant advancement implications ride on winning the game.

Fans can watch the contest on ESPN+ starting at 8:15 p.m. Eastern time.  Everyone should tune in and watch Barea attempt to lead his team to the 2019 World Cup.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea continues to improve as he leads Puerto Rico to a victory in World Cup qualifying.  His team is in position to advance at the moment, but they are no sure bet.  Plenty of work needs to be done on the court to secure a spot in the 2019 World Cup.

Barea will be back with the Mavs in time for training camp as they begin a new season on Friday, Sept. 21.  Fans should have plenty of excitement for the team because of their offseason additions, so stay tuned for daily content.

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