NBA Injuries

J.J. Barea suffers a muscle tear

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The Dallas Mavericks continue to add to the M.A.S.H. unit as J.J. Barea suffered a tear in a muscle connecting his left calf to his Achilles’ tendon. He now joins Devin Harris and Dirk Nowitzki, but Deron Williams returned Wednesday night after missing the last four games. He only saw ten minutes of playing time because his injury flared up on him again.

Barea went down and was in a lot of pain. Since he could not put weight on his leg, his teammates assisted him to the locker room. It did not look good. He was in a lot of pain and he will likely need an MRI. The guard has been  someone the Dallas Mavericks are relying on for their offense success this season. He is averaging 16.3 points and 5.4 assists.

“The timing of the injury is horrible because I was playing the best basketball of my career, taking advantage of every minute,” said Barea.

Dallas now has just Seth Curry as their point guard so they had to get Jonathan Gibson in result waive Quincy Acy. Justin Anderson will also add to the depth chart. Gibson was active in their Las Vegas Summer League. He averaged 7.1 points on 31.5 percent shooting and three assists in 14.8 minutes. He also had a stint in China where he put up 42 points a night.

Curry has the body for the shooting guard position but like his brother Steph, he could play the point as well. On the season he is averaging 8.4 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game. Unlike his brother, he is only shooting .293 on shots beyond the arc while playing 25.4 minutes a night.

Mavericks backcourt will need to get comfortable with their new surrounding very quickly as Barea isn’t going to come back soon. The report has found that the guard will be out six weeks while he will need a month to heal and two weeks to gain strength back strapped into a walking boot.

Thank God there is no damage to the Achilles’ tendon and no surgery is required. I have a tear in the muscle between my calf and the tendon. I will have to use a walking boot for two weeks and won’t partake in any physical activity for the next month. I estimate that I will be out for about a month and a half. It could have been worse.”

These injuries could not come at a worse time. The Dallas Mavericks have struggled all season to win, and at this point have a record of 2-8. They are in the midst of a three-game losing streak after losing their first five games to start the season.

The Doc’s Take: J.J. Barea with calf strain. Need rest, therapy, and time to RTP. If mild ~1wk. Moderate to severe strains can take up to 6 weeks RTP. A muscle tear 6-10 weeks RTP.


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