Barea gets 'a little bit of good news' after suffering injury vs. Celtics

Barea gets 'a little bit of good news' after suffering injury vs. Celtics

BOSTON – Already undermanned as it is, the Dallas Mavericks will be without another one of their key players this season. 

In the fourth quarter of Boston’s 90-83 win over the Mavericks, former Northeastern star J.J. Barea went down with a left leg injury that will keep him out for a yet-to-be determined amount of time. 

Barea, dribbling the ball, suddenly went down without any contact and began to grab his left calf followed by him pounding the parquet floor, visibly in pain. 

“Never felt that in my basketball career,” said Barea who finished with nine points and six assists. “I thought it was the Achilles, but a little bit of good news it’s my calf. Hopefully I don’t need surgery or anything, just got to wait. 

Barea added, “Feels like you got shot or you’re trying to run and get shot in the leg. That’s how you feel for a second. I’ve been having problems with my Achilles lately and I thought it was it, but it’s fine so hopefully it’s not bad.”

Mavericks coach and former Celtic Rick Carlisle said Barea has what he believes is a strained calf injury. 

“We will get an MRI and stuff, but he will be out for a while. It wasn’t anything real serious so we’re very lucky.”

The Mavericks (2-8) are already dealing with an Achilles injury to Dirk Nowitzki who has missed the last five games for Dallas but is apparently close to returning to action. 

And on Wednesday, they got Deron Williams back after he had missed the four previous games with a left calf strain – the same injury that Barea is likely dealing with. 

The injury could not come as a worst time for Barea who has been playing some of the best basketball of his career this season. 

Despite Dallas’ struggles in terms of wins and losses, Barea was having a career season, averaging 17.3 points, 5.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. 

“It’s been a tough start. I’m frustrated. I was playing good and I was playing a lot, but I was helping the team out. (Wednesday night) we finally got into a little rhythm right at the end and I go down. We got to do a good job of staying together and we got a good coaching staff and good players and we’re going to stay together and try to fight this out and get back strong.”

Isaiah Thomas isn't ruling out return to Celtics

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Isaiah Thomas isn't ruling out return to Celtics

Isaiah Thomas back in green? Maybe there's a chance after all.

The former Celtics guard, now with the Lakers, started a Q&A session on Twitter and was asked whether he'd consider returning to Boston this offseason. This was his answer...

That's not a no.

Thomas has had a rough go of it since leaving the Celtics. His brief tenure in Cleveland didn't go according to plan, and things haven't gotten a whole lot better out in L.A. The 29-year-old is averaging 15.3 points per game just a year after averaging 28.9 with Boston.

Let the speculation begin.


Horford not making any excuses after C's rough outing vs Pelicans

Horford not making any excuses after C's rough outing vs Pelicans

Al Horford understands that there’s plenty of blame pie to go around following Boston’s 108-89 loss to New Orleans. 

Considering how Pelicans stud Anthony Davis dominated the game on so many levels Sunday night, Horford was quick to acknowledge his role in the loss. 

“[Davis] was able to get behind our defense a lot,” Horford told reporters after the loss. “Some mistakes on my end; gotta give him credit. He dominated tonight. I’ll definitely take the blame for that.”

Davis finished with a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, a total that would have been higher if not for the game being so lopsided which allowed Davis to head to the bench early in the fourth. 

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And Horford’s struggles defensively were just as problematic on offense as the five-time All-Star tallied just six points on 3-for-11 shooting to go with four rebounds and three assists. 

Boston has been a team whose collective sums have fueled their success. 

But Horford understands he has to be a high impact performer, a job that’s even more vital when key starters like Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion) are out as well as top reserves Marcus Smart (right thumb) and Daniel Theis (torn meniscus). 

And by Horford’s own admission, he just didn’t bring it on Sunday at a level to give him and the Celtics a legit shot at winning the game.

“Defensively we had too many breakdowns,” Horford said. “And the game got away from us in the second half. So there’s no excuses. I didn’t give us a chance, either; missing a lot of looks offensively. I just need to be better.”

And he’ll have to be if Boston (47-23) is to get back on track with a win on Tuesday against a talented Oklahoma City squad led by Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. 

At full strength, the Thunder would be a significant challenge for the Celtics. 

But having a roster with a number of key players out with injuries, it becomes even more imperative for Boston’s top players to elevate their play. 

And as you scan this Celtics roster and examine those who are healthy enough to play, it’s clear that Horford more than any other Boston player, has to find a way to become more impactful.

Certainly, more points and rebounds would help. 

But as we’ve seen time and time again with Horford, often his greatest contributions to winning games don’t necessarily show up in the final box score. 

That being said, a six-point, four-rebound game doesn’t cut it. 

Horford has to be better, something he knows better than anyone. 

“I’ll definitely look at the film and see how I can be better individually,” Horford said. “The good thing about the NBA, is we have a chance to play on Tuesday. Hopefully we’ll learn from this game and be ready to go Tuesday at home.”