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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
J.J. Barea not as bad as 3-point percentage

By Jeff Caplan

DALLAS -- It's too bad J.J. Barea is shooting the 3-ball so poorly because it's marring the positives he brings to the Dallas Mavericks.

No one on the roster can penetrate like Barea and he's done a good job running the team when Jason Kidd is on the bench, and Kidd is averaging less minutes than ever since re-joining the Mavs in 2008.

But, the stat everyone gravitates to is his 3-point shooting, an ugly 13 percent (7-for-54). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the lowest percentage from beyond the arc among NBA players with at least 50 3-point attempts. Barea has missed his last 15 three-point shots and hasn't made one since Dec. 1, a span of seven games.

It’s the longest such streak of Barea’s NBA career and, according to Elias, the longest for a Maverick since Shawne Williams missed 16 in a row late in 2008 (Nov. 19–Dec. 26).

Percentages suggest Barea, who is avaraging 7.6 points and 3.8 assists, and fewer than 1.50 turnovers, in 19.9 minutes, will start finding his range at some point. He is a career 33-percent shooter from behind the arc, he's been much better over the past two seasons, shooting 35.7 percentin 2008-09 and '09-'10.

Other gems from the Elias Sports Burea heading into tonight's game against the Portland Trail Blazers:

*The Mavericks are 19–5, and regardless of tonight’s outcome they’ll have the second-best record in franchise history through the first 25 games of a season. Dallas was 22–3 at that point in 2002–03 (under Don Nelson), on the way to the first 60-win season for the franchise (60–22).

*Coming into play tonight, five NBA teams had a better record on the road than at home. The widest disparities in home and road winning percentages among those teams belonged to New York (6–5 at home, 10–4 on the road) and Dallas (11–4 at home, 8–1 on the road). The 1993–94 season (a forgettable one for the Mavericks) is the only one that ended with Dallas having a better mark on the road (7–34) than it did at home (6–35).

*Andre Miller scored a career-high 52 points in Portland’s overtime win at Dallas on Jan. 30, 2010. It’s the second-highest point total for any player in an NBA game at American Airlines Center. Dirk Nowitzki scored 53 points in an overtime win over the Rockets on Dec. 2, 2004.

*LaMarcus Aldridge is one of four NBA players to pull down at least one offensive rebound in each of his team’s games this season. The others are Pau Gasol, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.