Mavs fear Barea has torn right Achilles’ tendon

J.J. Barea of the Mavericks scores on Jeff Teague of the Timberwolves on Friday night.

The Dallas Mavericks believe sixth man J.J. Barea suffered a torn right Achilles’ tendon Friday night during a 119-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center, according to Tim McMahaon of ESPN.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters after the game the Barea will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the exact nature of the injury, which the team is calling a “right lower leg injury.”

Barea, who had 16 points and seven assists in the victory, was cutting for a layup with 6:28 to play when he went down, holding his right Achilles while prone on the floor.

In his 13th NBA season, the 34-year-old Barea is having an excellent season off the bench for Dallas. A member of the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA championship squad, he is averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 assists in 19.8 minutes off the bench this season.

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