Barea might be better suited for bench

Updated: January 6, 2010, 2:28 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks managed to dig themselves out of the hole this time. That doesn't make the trend of terrible first quarters any less troubling.

The Mavericks opened their 98-93 win Tuesday night over the Detroit Pistons with a dozen minutes of miserable offensive basketball, scoring 14 points on 28.6 percent shooting. And that was actually an improvement over their last first quarter, when they set the tone for Sunday's blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers with a bricklaying ...

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