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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Barea likes Spurs, hoping for minutes

By Jeff Caplan

DALLAS -- J.J. Barea believes he's positioned himself well to log the majority of minutes behind Jason Kidd in the upcoming first round playoff series against the Spurs.

And if there's any doubt, he hopes Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle consults the video tape from last year's victorious first-round series against San Antonio.

Barea had an excellent series. He started three of the five games and averaged 10.0 points and 4.6 assists in 26.4 minutes, numbers that fared favorable to those of Kidd, who averaged 10.0 points and 5.6 assists (of course, Kidd had 30 rebounds compared to Barea's 10 and 12 steals compared to two). Barea consistently got to the basket and his ability to again keep the offense scoring points while Kidd rests is critical.

Barea thinks he knows why he had success against the Spurs.

"They do a good job of guarding set plays, but they don’t do a good job of guarding pick-and-rolls, I think, on top especially with Dirk setting the screens," Barea said. "So I think we need to do a good job of attacking the paint against them. That’s what I was able to do last year and it worked for us."