Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea will miss the team’s first two preseason games, but plans on playing in the home contests. Find out more here.
Dallas Mavericks fans were devastated when J.J. Barea went down last season. The initial diagnosis of a torn Achilles left them with a knot in their stomach. It was confirmed, and Barea underwent surgery to end his season in January.
The 35-year-old made an astonishing recovery. He is back at practice and took part in the Mavs scrimmage on Sunday. Barea looks healthy. He is ready to attack this season after months of rehab.
The organization remains concerned about his workload this preseason. Here is the latest on the plan to make sure J.J. Barea is fully healthy entering the regular season.
Out first two games
Barea did not embark on the road trip ruling him out for the Tuesday and Wednesday back-to-back. That announcement came with a bit of additional news. See it here courtesy of Eddie Sefko.
Barea is healthy and ready to go. The team is being cautious, but smart with his availability. He is expecting to play in the two home games. The Mavericks play the Bucks on Oct. 11 and have rematch against the Thunder on Oct. 14.
Barea is in a battle for minutes with Jalen Brunson. The second-year guard played well after Barea’s injury. The veteran can still ball, though. Expect Coach Carlisle to play the matchups. That could mean nights of less than ten minutes for both parties.
Barea will be eager to take the court on Friday. He needs a few live reps to get his rhythm and timing back before the start of the regular season. Fans should expect Barea to continue getting buckets as he remains a fan favorite. The Smoking Cuban will be back with analysis and injury updates on the Dallas Mavericks, so supporters should return often.