Watch JJ Barea Try to Dribble Between Hasheem Thabeet's Legs

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistMarch 30, 2013

Barring a comeback from Muggsy Bogues or Earl Boykins, J.J. Barea is never going to go over the top of anyone. And he doesn't quite pack the burners to clear the corner consistently.

So with the lanky 7'3" Hasheem Thabeet hedging off of a Greg Stiemsma screen, the 6'0" Barea tried to do something rarely afforded to the game's diminutive stars: Use his stature to his disadvantage.

Thabeet set a wide base denying Barea the outside driving lane. With Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson plowing through Stiemsma's screen, Barea's window to attack was shrinking.

But then he spotted his avenue to the basket—well it was really more of a tunnel. Barea did his best contortionist impression and tried to squeeze his frame through Thabeet's legs.

The idea was genius. As for the execution of the plan...well, not so much.

He grossly misjudged the amount of room available. Barea's drive stalled somewhere near Thabeet's lower right thigh. Stiemsma and Jackson crashed down on top of him.

It was part Harlem Globetrotters, part Cirque du Soleil and all parts hilarious.

It's probably headed for a disastrous entry on "Shaqtin' A Fool," but the night was anything but for Barea's Minnesota Timberwolves (26-45). They shocked the Thunder (53-20) with a 101-93 win, thanks in large part to a 22-point, 15-rebound effort from Nikola Pekovic.

As for Barea, he may well have lost his game somewhere between Thabeet's legs. He scored just six points in the win, shooting a woeful 3-of-9 from the field.