It’s time for a break, whether the Mavericks have earned it or not.
The All-Star break started as soon as the Mavericks departed the locker room after their 114-109 loss to Sacramento Tuesday night, which put a crummy ending to the first 58 games of the season.
The final 24 starting after the break might not be all that fun, either.
But for the next week or so, the Mavericks have a chance to rest and relax.
Most of them will be somewhere on a beach by Wednesday afternoon.
But J.J. Barea has bigger plans.
“I’m going to Puerto Rico (Wednesday),” he said. “I’m going to take a little time off, see my family, have a little fun.
“And I’m going to do a few things with my foundation while I’m there. Things are still bad there.”
Barea’s home country continues to try to come back from the ravages of Hurricane Maria.
Other Mavericks will have more of a full-blown vacation. Salah Mejri is among those going to Cancun. Others are going to Cabo. Still others are going to the Caribbean. Dirk Nowitzki said simply he’ll be on a beach, location undisclosed. Dwight Powell said he’s going to Los Angeles to enjoy the weather and maybe some of the All-Star festivities.
The Mavericks don’t have any NBA obligations until Wednesday, when they have to reconvene in Los Angeles for practices on Wednesday evening and Thursday before starting the stretch drive Friday against the Lakers.
“We need the break,” Barea said. “But then we’ll come back ready to finish the season strong. This is great timing.
Of course, there is one Maverick who has NBA obligations. Dennis Smith Jr. will be in Los Angeles for the Rising Stars game on Friday and the Dunk Contest on Saturday.
Then he, too, will try to squeeze in some down time in Fayetteville, N.C., although the cross-country travel makes it a little tougher.
“I hope he gets his travel schedule down to the best possible situation to get some rest in there,” said coach Rick Carlisle, who will spend some time at his summer home in South Carolina. “LA is a challenging one because it’s far away. And I know he’s going to want to get back to Fayetteville. And then we’re right back out there to LA. I think he’s got a good plan in place. And he’s probably young enough where it doesn’t make any difference anyway.”
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