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Dallas Mavericks: J.J. Barea medically cleared: Participating in 5-on-5

Dallas Mavericks fans were devastated on Jan. 11. The team picked up a four-point victory in Minnesota, but midway through the fourth quarter J.J. Barea went down. Everyone knew that it was a serious injury immediately. Quickly it was confirmed that Barea tore his Achilles.

The devastating injury left his NBA future in doubt. Would the 35-year-old veteran with 13 seasons under his belt want to continue playing? It became clear that he was committed to doing just that right away. Barea signed a one-year deal to remain with the Mavericks this offseason.

Fans got a bit of injury news on J.