One of the smartest things you can do when your team is 24 seconds away from going down 0-2 in the second round of the playoffs is to clothesline a 5-foot-3 guy. So smart that the Mavericks knew it was coming, with their coach going so far as to warn the players in the huddle that something was going to happen. A little too smart, perhaps.
J.J. Barea is just lucky that Artest doesn’t have a Lex Luger arm plate, otherwise he’d be knocked out cold and have to give up his cruiserweight championship belt. Crisis averted.