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In the course of your average Timberwolves game, J.J. Barea makes a lot of high-quality faces.

Yes, Dirk was legendary in game one of the Western Conference Finals  and Kevin Durant went for 40, but let’s not forget about the littlest  X-Factor tonight. J.J. Barea came up huge, again for the Mavs with 21  points in 16 minutes.
In the words of Bart Simpson, “Oh my God, he is like some sort of … non … giving up … school guy!”
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Yes, Dirk was legendary in game one of the Western Conference Finals and Kevin Durant went for 40, but let’s not forget about the littlest X-Factor tonight. J.J. Barea came up huge, again for the Mavs with 21 points in 16 minutes.

In the words of Bart Simpson, “Oh my God, he is like some sort of … non … giving up … school guy!”

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

How did JJ Barea get so open in Game 2? The Lakers can’t defend the pick-and-roll, and the other Mavericks set “hella screens” for him.

Barea grew up in Puerto Rico and played college ball in Massachusetts, so I think it’s safe to say that Northern California’s own Jason Kidd taught him to say “hella.” No word on whether Barea thinks you get to the Staples Center by taking 110, or the 110.

J.J. Barea offers Dirk Nowitzki a celebratory low five as the Mavericks pull away from the Lakers in the fourth quarter. Because when you’re a 5’9” NBA player, there’s no such thing as a high five.
(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

J.J. Barea offers Dirk Nowitzki a celebratory low five as the Mavericks pull away from the Lakers in the fourth quarter. Because when you’re a 5’9” NBA player, there’s no such thing as a high five.

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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