Barea Surives Laker Attack Once More, Goes on to Sweep Champs

Bleacher ReportContributor IMay 8, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Jose Juan Barea #11 of the Dallas Mavericks goes up for a shot over Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea has once again shown fans that despite his small stature, he's tough enough for the NBA

After taking a nasty hit from Ron Artest in Game 2 of the Lakers-Mavericks playoff series, he became victim of another brutal attack from the Los Angeles squad.

As Barea headed for a layup in the post, Lakers center Andrew Bynum hit Barea in the ribs in a violent act of desperation. As the shot sunk in, Bynum was immediately ejected, almost carelessly removing his jersey and heading to the Lakers locker room with no sense of remorse. This attack coming shortly after Lamar Odom angrily elbowed Mavericks center Dirk Nowitzki.

The attack which ABC commentators described as "disgusting", has been viewed by many as an insult to Phil Jackson's final game in his coaching tenure with the LA Lakers. Not only has it received negative commentary from the professional basketball community, but many Lakers fans have also described their frustration with Bynum's childish actions.

A simple stroll on his Facebook fan page with display that.

"Huge body, tiny heart" one user commented. Others displayed much more aggressive and vulgar opinions on the matter.

Despite the anger-driven fouls inflicted upon him, Barea continued playing against the Lakers, putting up 22 points in a 122-86 win over the defending champions, allowing the Mavericks an easy four game sweep.

Looks like Dallas got the last laugh.