J.J Barea.

J.J Barea ongoing groin injury looks set to haunt the Dallas Mavericks

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As the Mavericks crashed to an embarassing 38 point loss at the hands of third-seed the Oklahom City Thunder in Game One of their playoff series, there was more bad news for coach Rick Carlisle.

J.J Barea did not feature in the second half of the crippling loss due to aggravating the groin injury he sustained at the beginning of April.

Dallas relied on the ageing Dirk Nowitzki to knock down 18 points and lead their offence, but the next highest scoring starter after the German was Wesley Matthews with a paltry seven points.

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It's clear that they missed the 31-year-old point guard from Puerto Rico and prior to his injury back on April 8, Barea had led the team in scoring and assists for the previous five games, all of which resulted in wins for the Mavericks.

These wins ensured the playoff spot they are enjoying today, but without the tricky point and judging by last night, this might be a short-lived run indeed.

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Carlisle spoke of his concern following the blowout loss to the Thunder last night and has listed Barea as 'questionable' for Game Two on Tuesday, where David Lee is also expected to miss out again.

"I'm very, very concerned," Carlisle said. "I think something happened. I don't think it's just that it was a little tight. I'm afraid something happened."

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Dallas Mavericks
Southwest Division
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