The Dallas Mavericks got the better of Minnesota Timberwoloves -- going through a lot in their dressing room -- in their away win but fear that sixth man J.J. Barea tore his right Achilles tendon during Friday's 119-115 triumph. Post the win, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Barea would get an MRI to determine the severity of what the team officially referred to as a "right lower leg injury."
Barea, 34, has been instrumental in his side's championship in 2011, has been the leader of one of the NBA's most effective bench units this season. He is averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 assists in 19.8 minutes per game.
It could well be an end to Barea's season with a torn Achilles. In addition, it may put his availability in doubt for the start of next season. Although Barea, a former undrafted free agent in his 13th NBA season, is in the final year of his contract, he still desires to play at least two more seasons.
Barea was in stunning form in Mavs' emergence on top of Timberwolves. He had 16 points and 7 assists and was injured after cutting for a layup with 6 minutes, 28 seconds remaining in the game. He grabbed his right Achilles while on the floor. His tem members, including Dirk Nowitzki, offered words of encouragement before Barea was helped into the locker room.
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