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Minnesota Timberwolves' J.J. Barea cleared to play after sustaining concussion

The Wolves' J.J. Barea has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion on Sunday in Toronto.


Minnesota Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea has been cleared to play in Monday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets after passing NBA-administered concussion tests, according to FSN North's Joan Niesen.

Barea suffered a concussion in the Wolves' 105-86 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. The injury occurred in the second quarter, after Barea made a layup. He fell to the floor after the basket, and stayed there for a couple of minutes before being helped to the locker room by Wolves trainer Gregg Farnam.

The 6'0 point guard was limited to 41 games last season while dealing with various ailments. Healthy for the beginning of this season, Barea was an integral part of the Wolves' 92-80 victory over the Sacramento Kings in the opener, scoring 21 points and dishing out five assists. Whether or not Barea can stay on the floor will be key for the Wolves, especially while Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are sidelined.

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