Torn Achilles side­lines Puerto Rico’s Barea for NBA Mavs

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WASH­ING­TON: Dal­las Mav­er­icks guard J.J. Barea, who helped the club cap­ture the 2011 NBA crown, will be side­lined in­def­i­nitely after an MRI on Satur­day (Sun­day in Manila) re­vealed a torn right Achilles ten­don.

Barea suf­fered the in­jury after land­ing from a layup late in the fouth quar­ter of a 119-115 Dal­las vic­tory at Min­nesota.

The 34-year- old Puerto Ri­can has av­er­aged 10.9 points and 5.6 as­sists as the first man off the Mav­er­icks bench this sea­son after a 2017-18 cam­paign with ca­reer bests of 11.6 points, 6.3 as­sists and 2.9 re­bounds a con­test.

Barea is in his 13th NBA cam­paign and his sec­ond five-sea­son stint with Dal­las after three years in be­tween with Min­nesota.

At 20-22, the Mav­er­icks are 12th in the NBA Western Con­fer­ence, 2 1/2 games be­hind the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers for the eighth and fi­nal West play­off berth.

Ok­la­homa City Thun­der for­ward Paul Ge­orge (No. 13) dunks be­tween San An­to­nio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, left, and for­ward Davis Ber­tans (No. 42) in the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Ok­la­homa City on Sun­day.

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