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Barea Time?

Jeff Caplan has an article on JJ Barea's chances of becoming a regular part of the PG rotation this season. 

He [Kidd] averaged about 36 minutes a game last season between New Jersey and Dallas.

That leaves about 12 minutes to keep the pace high while Kidd takes a breather. Jason Terry will eat up some of those minutes. Journeyman point guard Keith McLeod could also be a factor.

OK, I'm admittedly a Barea fan, but there is no reason for Keith McLeod to be ahead of Barea on the depth chart.  I'm not too worried though because I doubt McLeod will even make the roster -- particularly since he's injured right now.

Barea plans on getting some minutes.

"I know coach is going to give me some time," Barea said, "so I better be ready."

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Don't forget, tonights game will be broadcast on KTXA21.

Jason Kidd, Dampier, and Stackhouse aren't going to dress, so there should be plenty of minutes for Barea and Wright.

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Sefko has an article about Williams and Carlisle returning to Indiana.

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And Jeff Caplan has a good article on the evolution of Rick Carlisle as coach.  There is a quote in this article from Pistons owner Bill Davidson about Carlisle, that when I initially skimmed over I thought was about Avery Johnson.

Yeah, he had lost the players. He had a certain style, which wore off after a certain amount of time. But he was a good coach, on kind of a short-term basis. He knows the game, did all the right things, but he didn’t have that personal touch with players.