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Thunder-Mavericks Q&A: Dallas guard J.J. Barea

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: May 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm •  Published: May 18, 2011

/articleid/3569211/1/pictures/1421412">Photo - JOSE BAREA: Jose Juan Barea (11) of Dallas goes past Oklahoma City's Nate Robinson (3) and James Harden (13) during game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman <strong>BRYAN TERRY</strong>
JOSE BAREA: Jose Juan Barea (11) of Dallas goes past Oklahoma City's Nate Robinson (3) and James Harden (13) during game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman BRYAN TERRY

"I don't really see who's guarding me. I just look for who's going to set the screen for me and how I'm going to get to the paint."

Did you feel overlooked before, and are opponents now paying closer attention to you?

"I sense a difference. They pay more attention to me. Sometimes they're going to be good nights, sometimes they're going to be bad nights and sometimes they're going to be OK nights. I just have to stay aggressive."

In what ways have you become a better player?

"Not jumping to make a pass when I get to the paint. Not turning the ball over so much. Taking my time. If the first ball screen doesn't work, bring it back out and do it again. Stuff like that."

At the pace you play, would you be able to play 30-35 minutes, if needed?

"If I get used to it. In college (Northeastern) I used to play 38-40 minutes. I gotta get used to it. I'd have to drink more water." (smiling)


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