With J.J. Barea’s return to action, the backcourt is going to get a little crowded moving forward.

Cutting anybody’s minutes is going to be a problem for coach Rick Carlisle, albeit a good one to have after having to work with a shorthanded roster for most of the season.

Seth Curry has averaged better than 10 points per game and has been particularly effective in the last six games, averaging nearly 13 points per game.

For a player who had barely played half an NBA season before this year, it’s been a big jump.

The Mavericks aren’t surprised, based on how he played against them last season when Curry was in Sacramento.

“He had good games against us last year,” Carlisle said. “We’ve seen it. And when guys play well against you, there’s usually a desire to try to get them on your team. He’s done well.”

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