Barea will sit out Thursday's preseason matchup against the Hawks for rest, Mavericks play-by-play announcer Mark Followill reports. The Mavericks are resting their veterans on Thursday, with four other players joining Barea on the sidelines. With Barea and Devin Harris out specifically, look for both Dennis Smith and Yogi Ferrell to pick up big minutes in the backcourt. Barea is fully expected to return for Friday's preseason finale against the Hornets.
Barea finished with eight points, nine assists, and two steals in 19 minutes during Monday's 99-96 win over the Magic. Barea seems likely to benefit from Seth Curry's (tibia) indefinite injury absence, and the 33-year-old point guard may earn a sizable role if Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle continues his recent trend of playing multi-guard lineups to bolster the offense.
Barea, who sat out the Mavericks' last preseason game Oct. 5 for rest purposes, isn't listed on the team's injury report heading into Monday's exhibition against the Magic, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports. Given that Barea battled a multitude of injuries in 2016-17 and is entering his age-33 campaign, it wasn't surprising that the Mavericks chose to rest the veteran point guard in their last contest in order to get a look at some of the more unproven options on the roster. Barea could sit again Thursday against the Hawks or Friday against the Hornets as the Mavericks conclude their exhibition slate, but he should pick up some run Monday as he prepares for the regular season. While Barea is ticketed for a bench role to begin his 12th NBA campaign, his path to minutes became a little clearer after Seth Curry was diagnosed Saturday with a stress reaction of his left tibia and ruled out indefinitely.
Barea will not play in Thursday's preseason game against Orlando, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Barea is among several Dallas regulars who did not make the trip with the team to Orlando after the Mavs played at home Wednesday night. Expect Barea to return to action for Monday's rematch with the Magic in Dallas.
Barea will sit out Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies for rest purposes, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports. The Mavericks will be playing in the second half of a back-to-back set to conclude the season, and Barea will be one of several veterans taking the night off as the team heads to Memphis. Barea, who started at shooting guard and played 27 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Nuggets, will likely be replaced in the lineup by either Devin Harris or Nicolas Brussino as the Mavericks run out only nine players Wednesday.
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