Who figured the Mavs would roll out a starting backcourt of J.J. Barea and Trenton Hassell in the sixth game of the season.
Well, that's the lineup in Portland tonight. Barea is making his fourth start of the season -- he should have had a clause built into his contract for an incentive for number of starts -- replacing Devin Harris, who had to return home to attend to family matters. Hassell is starting for Eddie Jones, who is dressed, but still dealing with the injury to his right lower leg/upper ankle. Not sure if he'll play tonight.
-- Jeff Caplan