Jose Juan Barea

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    June 27, 2013
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    January 30, 2012

    Down and Dirty Data, or: What Do the Short Season's Stats Say About the Mavericks?

    The Mavericks -- like virtually every other team during this bizarre, lockout-shortened NBA season -- are nearly impossible to pin down. A combination of odd scheduling, injury adjustments and minimal practice time seemingly puts a different Maverick team on the floor every night out; in one game th ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011
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    November 28, 2011

    The NBA Lockout is (Almost) Over. Here's What the Mavs Need to Do Before Christmas Day.

    Editor's note: Rob Mahoney writes about the Mavericks on his ESPN-affiliated blog The Two Man Game and about basketball for The New York Times's Off the Dribble blog. Presumably his New York Times bio will henceforth note that he now writes about the Mavericks for Unfair Park. Hark: The NBA season ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.22.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Dear NFL owners, you're a slimy lot. Signed, Everyone. Basically on Thursday the owners ratified a proposal, not an agreement. They made a deal with themselves. Then -- with darting eyes th ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    The Best Team in Mavericks' History: '88 vs. '11

    ​While contemplating defensive coordinator Dwane Casey's departure to be the Toronto Raptors' head coach and whom they should take with the 26th pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, a couple more Mavs-related items buzzed through my brain this week. 1. Who from the championship team s ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Whitt's End: 6.17.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Jason Terry's voice is still hoarse from all the partying and cigars, but yet we're already peeking at 2012. Problem: The Mavs aren't a team built for the future, but rather the here-'n-now ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Soulqarians Reunion? Erykah Badu and Questlove Set to DJ Rio Room on Saturday

    ​A Soulquarians reunion? Almost! Tomorrow night, after an affair last night that saw NBA champion/Mavericks guard JJ Barea and even Miss Universe stopping on by Rio Room for DJ Klever's set (Mavs Championship Party Tour 2011 is the best!), the posh Uptown spot will host another pretty massive deal ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Sorry America, But We Ain't Safe: A Review from the NBA Finals Road

    ​Please don't take this as a complaint. More of an -- as I do from time to time, and always -- observation. I love my job(s). Getting paid to attend sporting events is all I ever wanted to do since the day I realized I'd grow up to be too short and too unathletic to play for a living. An ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Why Mark Cuban Should Really Get Championship Rings for the Mavs

    It just wouldn't be the same if Jordan had five rings and a show pony.​Tough to tell how serious Mark Cuban is about forgoing championship rings and getting something else to commemorate the franchise's first title. But he seems pretty committed to changing it up. "Rings are old school," Cuba ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Whitt's End: 6.10.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *In 31 years of basketball, the Dallas Mavericks have won a combined (regular season and playoffs) 1,349 games. One more in Miami either Sunday or Tuesday and they are NBA Champions. *Histor ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS GAME 5 -- Mavericks 112, Heat 103: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. So did he or didn't he? Rashard Lewis I mean. Did he or didn't he sleep with LeBron James' girlfriend. Best guess: Maybe. 9. Remember when I said a faster pace would equal better looks for the Mavs on offense? With J.J. Barea joining the series and Jason Kidd pushing the ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS GAME 4: Better Bench. Or Else.

    ​Simple. If their reserve players don't perform better, the Mavericks will lose the NBA Finals. And that starts tonight in Game 4 at the American Airlines Center. Jason Terry has to be more productive than the player who has shot only 38 percent and failed to produce a 20-point game. But who ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS GAME 4 -- Mavericks 86, Heat 83: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Could tell something wasn't right with Dirk Nowitzki early in the second quarter. He didn't look good on the bench. Peaked even. Towel over head. Two warm-up jackets draped over him. Gulping liquid out of two water bottles. Not involved in coach Rick Carlisle's huddle. Then at half ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS GAME 2 -- Mavericks Adjustments

    ​I know he and the Mavericks and even LeBron James are downplaying it, but I'm worried about Dirk Nowitzki's finger entering tonight's Game 2 of the NBA Finals here in Miami. Just because it'll be different. "I'll be fine," Dirk says. "It'll be okay." But he loves to dribble left. He needs tw ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Announcing The Libertine American Craft Beer Dinner Winner

    Optimator's a little darker than that, but you get the idea of how we'd like to celebrate a Mavs win tonight.​Thanks to everyone who contributed their suggestions on which beer to drink in toasting a Mavericks return to the NBA Finals in this item about three upcoming beer dinners. Nick made a val ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Oklahoma City: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Regrettably, I didn't go to the Oklahoma City National Museum, but apparently Jason Kidd did. Can't believe that tragedy was 16 years ago all the sudden. 9. Stayed in a hip, happening part of OKC called "Bricktown." Think of it as Dallas' West End, with a canal running through it. Part S ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    2011 NBA WEST FINALS GAME 1 -- Mavs 121, Thunder 112: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Dirk Nowitzki was obviously unstoppable with 48 points and an NBA playoff-record 24 of 24 free throws, but the Mavs were stagnant and stale offensively until J.J. Barea entered the game in the second quarter. As Thunder coach Scotty Brooks said afterward, "He's a handful." I'm stil ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    2011 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS -- Mavericks vs. Thunder: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. I'll have my position-by-position breakdown complete with, yes, the highly (smirk) coveted prediction tomorrow, but let's get this party started pronto. Back in 1994 I covered the Mavericks for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a team that featured point guards Jason Ki ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    The Most Memorable "Fights" in Dallas-Fort Worth Sports History

    ​When the Lakers' Empire imploded on Mother's Day in Dallas, it did it in surreal style -- under a barrage of 20 Mavericks' 3-pointers, and punctuated by cheap-shot thuggery from Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum. Was thinking about Bynum's chicken-shit elbow to an exposed J.J. Barea. Other t ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    2011 NBA WEST SEMIS GAME 2 -- Mavs 93, Lakers 81: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. For the Mavs, a shocking 2-0 lead. For the Lakers, a Stinko de Mayo. L.A. missed its first 15 3-pointers and was booed off the court in Staples Center. As they head for Dallas and Friday night's Game 3, the Lakers are muttering things like "dispirited" and "trust issues." Surreal. 9 ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Mavs-Lakers Game 2 Preview From the Puerto Rican Point Guard and the Old Coach

    ​I asked Mavericks backup point guard J.J. Barea what he was thinking as the ball left Kobe Bryant's hand on the potential game-winning 3-pointer in Monday's Game 1 at Staples Center. "I wasn't thinking," Barea said. "I was praying." Despite playing 44 minutes of superb basketball -- the ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Those Same Old Mav-Wrecks

    Another humiliating collapse has even the most loyal Mavs fans bailing before the inevitable crash and burn.

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    April 27, 2011

    Blazers' Anger at Brian Cardinal is Silly ... and Good for the Mavs

    You know it's a series when the towel-wavers are going at it. Mavs-Blazers has been relatively friendly. Portland coach Nate McMillan snapped at the refs after Game 1. Mavs owner Mark Cuban was hit in the face by a plastic straw during Game 3 and Brandon Roy pissed off all of Dallas with his ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Mavericks 101, Blazers 89: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    The Game 2 Hero: Peja​10. When the Mavs play with emotion and efficiency, they are tough to beat. Last night the intensity was there courtesy of Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler and the spunky J.J. Barea. And so was the execution, to the tune of a franchise-record low six turnovers -- including ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Mavericks v. Lakers: Who's No. 2?

    If the Mavs don't win tonight, at least J.J. Barea's got this to look forward to.​The Dallas Mavericks say tonight's showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers isn't a statement game. The Dallas Mavericks are lying. Beating the Timberwolves, Warriors, Jazz, Suns and -- last night -- the Clippe ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Devin Harris Back From New Jersey? Fuhgeddaboudit

    ​I never wanted Devin Harris to leave the Dallas Mavericks in the first place. Now, as we get all frenzied nearing tomorrow's NBA trade deadline, I'm not sure I want him back. And you don't either. Unless, that is, you think he's the missing piece that will help this version of the ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Mavs Win 10th Consecutive Game, Fail to Impress the Masses

    ​It's not often I stay up late to watch a duel between J.J. Barea and Samuel Dalembert, but last night's 102-100 victory by the Dallas Mavericks over the Sacramento Kings was special. It kicked off the Bob Ortegel-less era with a win. And was the Mavs' 10th consecutive victory. To which ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Whitt's End: 1.28.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Sure the Mavs have won three in a row, but they've beaten no one -- Nets, Clippers and Rockets -- and when you blow a 25-point home lead to Houston and have to be bailed out by J.J. Bare ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Oh Yeah, About Your Dallas Mavericks

    ​The Rangers are back in the playoffs. The Cowboys are back in the race. And look now, but the Dallas Mavericks are back in training camp. Yes, already. Just five months after they walked off the court in the wake of another disappointing first-round playoff loss (this one to the San Ant ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    Mavs Whip Hapless Knicks by Half-a-Hundred, But is it the Biggest Ass-Whipping in Metroplex Sports History?

    ​No Jason Kidd. No Erick Dampier. No momentum. No prisoners. Was dilly-daddling around the house yesterday with a rare Sunday off (thanks, Cowboys). Had the Mavs-Knicks on the TV and it was something like 35-30 early in the second quarter. Next thing I know Roddy Beaubois is raining 3-pointer ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Done Deals? Your 2009-10 Dallas Mavericks

    The missing link? Or merely the last move?​Well, after yesterday's signing of 3-point shooting specialist Tim Thomas I think the Dallas Mavericks are finished with their significant off-season moves. Of course, at points during the summer I also thought Marcin Gortat was coming, Brandon Bas ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Your 2009-10 Dallas Mavericks?!

    I's aren't dotted. T's aren't crossed. Some negotiations aren't finished. Others haven't even started. But let's assume smooth sailing and peer into the crystal basketball. With the Dallas Mavericks eyeing Shawn Marion, this could be their opening-night roster: Point Guard: Jason Kidd/ J.J. Bar ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    The French Disconnection

    Though I'm always skeptical when a head coach drafts a player 24th overall and then contends he "pin-pointed" the kid all along - see: Jimmy Johnson on 7th-rounder Leon Lett, circa 1991 - I'm willing to forge into the Rodrigue Beaubois Era with an open mind. Well, I lied. I won't sit well with ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Mavericks-Nuggets: A Requiem in 5 Predictable Parts

    No Jason Terry. No Gatorade dump. Hindsight, they say, is 20/20. Sometimes, unfortunately, so is foresight. On Friday, May 1 I picked the Denver Nuggets to eliminate the Dallas Mavericks in five games. Last night it came to pass, in the form of Nuggets 124, Mavs 110. Dirk Nowitzki was as grit ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Nowitzkis 119, Carmelos 117

    Better late than never, a happy tune.Now that, my friends, was a basketball game. A playoff basketball game, with everything on it. Delicious. Considering they still won't win this series, the Mavericks had every reason to fold. And after the week he's had, Dirk Nowitzki had every reason ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Mavs Have an Old Deamon to Exorcise

    The Mavs better find a way to exorcise their old demon after suffering a Game 2 playoff loss against the Spurs

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    April 21, 2009

    Spurrifics 105, Mav-Wrecks 84

    Got his team back in the series.Seriously now, did you expect anything different from these Dallas Mavericks? A frustratingly inconsistent team that led the NBA in close victories also had more than its share of blowout losses and inexplicable letdowns. So after the Mavs rallied from 13 ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Dear Jose Juan Barea: I'm Sorry

    Consider this my public apology to one J.J. Barea. Dude, I was dead wrong. You are not, in fact, a 5-foot-2 pick-up game liability whose shot I could block. Not a novely act nuisance; the obtuse opposite of Shawn Bradley. Not some twisted Criss Angel mind-fuck. And not, after further review, a boyis ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    The Maddening Mavericks

    I give up. I admit, I expected the Dallas Mavericks to lose at Phoenix, lose at Portland, beat Golden State and get blown out by the Lakers. I went 0-4. In typically unpredictable, unsettling fashion, they went 2-2. I'll go on Channel 52 tonight at 6:30 - fingers crossed - and fake like I can a ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Mavs (Virtually) Clinch a Playoff Berth

    For the first time in a long time - at least away from American Airlines Center - the Dallas Mavericks played like a team that wanted in the NBA Playoffs. And wanted to avoid a first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. Their reward: With only 18 games remaining in the regular season, the ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Mavericks 118, Kings 100. A Requiem in 10 Parts

    My Top 10 observations from last night's Mavs' romp: 10. Mark Cuban really really really really loves him some Jason Kidd. "He's got the most incredible basketball sense I've seen in my entire life," says Cuban. I've never liked the Devin Harris-Kidd deal, but apparently - and appropriately - the ow ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Your 2009 Dallas Mavericks: Mediocre? Morose? Magical?

    In between the few highlights of an entirely underwhelming college football championship game between what looked like two very average quarterbacks, I sneaked some peeks last night at your Dallas Mavericks. What'd I see? Another win, pushing their record to an impressive 22-13. Another un ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Is Jose Juan Barea For Real?

    He just can't be. Can he? I was in the fifth row at American Airlines Center Saturday night and I still don't believe what I saw. Or heard. Either Criss Angel is playing some mind trick on me, or J.J. Barea may actually be an NBA player. Barea, all 5-foot-10ish, made slithery drive ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Jose Juan Barea Actually Helps Mavs Win a Game

    I've been rough on the Mavs' J.J. Barea.For being no taller than me. For looking like the runner-up in the Minyard ball boy contest.And for being the miniature version of Shawn Bradley. As in, you can't take any team seriously that gives him quality minutes.But lookie here, the little fella just mad ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    July 1, 2008

    The Mavs and the Mav-Nots

    Deja Diop? DeSagana Diop? Matt Barnes? Shan Foster? Be still my bouncy basketball heart. Because the Dallas Mavericks are apparently going to next year look a lot like they did last year. Or, come to think of it, a lot like they did in 2006. NBA free agency started with a whimper last n ... More >>

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    February 13, 2008

    Are You Kiddin' Me?

    Best part of the Jason Kidd trade: his girlfriend, Hope Dworaczyk I’ll have more details on the Jason Kidd trade come morning -- and, says the latest version of the ESPN report, Jerry Stackhouse "ain't going nowhere" --but for now, here’s why I hate it. Granted, your chances for an NBA Champions ... More >>

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    February 12, 2008

    Regular Season Don't Mean Nothin'. At Least, You Gotta Hope Not.

    No, I still don’t think the Mavericks should trade for Jason Kidd. But another couple upchuck performances like the last two nights, and even Mark Cuban will get antsy. While you digest these hideous numbers, keep calmly repeating to yourself, It’s only February … It’s only February … It ... More >>

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    November 22, 2007

    What Wizards?

    Horse around with the Mavericks

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