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NBA: Barea sustains season-ending Achilles tear

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Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea tore his right Achilles tendon in a game against Minnesota, a season-ending setback for a key Mavericks’ reserve.

Barea was injured in the second half of the Mavericks’ 119-115 victory in Minneapolis on Friday night. The team said Saturday that Barea was weighing his options for surgery.

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) goes up to shoot in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel, right. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) goes up to shoot in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel, right. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The 34-year-old Barea was averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 5.6 assists as a key part of the second unit for Dallas. The injury is likely to mean a significant increase in playing time for rookie Jalen Brunson, a two-time NCAA champion at Villanova and second-round draft pick.

Barea is in his second stint with the Mavericks after being a catalyst for Dallas’ rally from a 2-1 deficit in the 2011 NBA Finals against Miami. The Mavericks won the franchise’s only title in six games.

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