NBA Finals 2011: J.J. Barea Will Be Key to Second Half for Dallas Mavericks
Backup Guard Must Step Up If Dallas Is To Come Back In Game 3
As bad as Dallas’ defense looked for most of the first half of Game 3, the Mavericks trailed by just five at halftime. While they have every right to be relieved to be in the game, Dallas will need to step up in all aspects of the game to avoid a crushing home loss.
The biggest no-show for the Mavs through two quarters has been J.J. Barea. The pesky guard has had an exceptional postseason off the bench, yet produced just one point (with zero assists or steals) while turning the ball over twice in the first half tonight.
Jason Kidd has a couple of turnovers himself, so there should be opportunities for Barea to step in and make plays. If he can put some pressure on Miami’s point guards (neither Mike Bibby nor Mario Chalmers has turned it over tonight), Barea can give his team a chance to recover from Miami’s early third-quarter spurt.
If, however, Barea continues to give Dallas large quantities of nothing, the team will continue to lose on its home floor in a game it still has every chance to win.
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