Stat shows just how bad Mavs struggle without J.J. Barea
J.J. Barea is out for the season after sustaining a torn right Achilles tendon against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Mavs were 20-18 this season in games Barea played in.
Mavs with J.J. Barea: 20-18
Mavs without Barea: 0-8
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 21, 2019
The loss of Barea was a big one for the Mavs. The 13-year veteran was averaging 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game before he got hurt while shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The toughness, energy and swagger Barea brought to the Mavs is something the team is going to miss every game. Even though second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will rejoin the team on Tuesday against the LA Clippers, Barea was the anchor of the Dallas bench and the way he ran the offense at the point guard position was flawless.
With the loss to the Bucks on Monday, Dallas is now 20-26 on the season. They have lost four games in a row and are now in the 13th spot in the Western Conference standings.
Barea’s stats may not jump off the page, but he was invaluable to the Mavs and their success on the court.