DALLAS – Guard J. J. Barea has high hopes of being on the court at some point Wednesday night when the Dallas Mavericks host the Atlanta Hawks at 8:30 at American Airlines Center.
Guard Devin Harris also is hopeful of playing against the Hawks after bruising his ribs during Sunday’s game against the Washington Wizards, and missing Monday’s game against the New York Knicks.
Barea has missed the past five games with a sprained right ankle, but went through Wednesday’s entire shootaround.
"We’re not sure yet, but I’ll probably get a couple of minutes in tonight,’’ Barea said. "I felt good this morning, and then the coach, me and the trainer will make a decision.’’
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Barea sprained his ankle during the Mavs’ 92-81 home win over Denver on Nov. 28. The incident itself was a freak accident.
"I was running back on defense, and I turned around and I think I stepped wrong and I sprained my ankle,’’ he said. "I was a little scared when I went down, so I was hoping when I could get up I could walk.’’
But after a lot of treatment, Barea feels he’s now to the point where he’s able to put the ample amount of pressure on his ankle and be effective on the court.
"I ran the last couple of days, I went through practice today pretty good,’’ Barea said. "I’m moving side-to-side Ok.
"When I push with it, that’s the only time I feel a little bit (of pain), but it feels pretty good.’’
Coach Rick Carlisle would not indicate if Barea and Harris would play against the Hawks.
"I'll let you know tonight,’’ Carlisle said. "No updates from me.
"Find out before the game."
Barea averages 8.6 points and 4.1 assists in 19.8 minutes per game this season. He is one of the Mavs’ energy guys, and they lean on him whenever they need to pump some life into their offense or defense.
"I’m always one of those guys that create problems,’’ Barea said. "I just try to get into the paint and bring a lot of energy off the bench and cause problems for the other team.’’
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