Friday, April 23, 2010

Don't Forget About Him.....

  This guy.

While he's always one of the two or three most important players on the court, Jason Kidd's offense is going to be critical to the Mavericks success in the playoffs.

Consider that in Game 1,  Kidd scored 13 points and dished 11 assists in the Mavs' 100-94 win.  In Game 2, he went 1 for 7 from the field with just five points and eight assists, as Dallas scored an anemic 88 points.

It's not a simple of case of  Kidd scoring in double figures equals Mavs win, although he did average 10.5 points and 9.9 assists in 53 regular season wins and 9.9 points and 7.4 assists in regular season losses.

The defensive focus will continue to be on Dirk Nowitzki, whatever it may be that he sees: single coverage, the so-far-rare double team.  Kidd will always tell you his priority is to pass first, as it should be.  But the Spurs are going to give Kidd the opportunity to make shots.

Despite being a good three-point shooter this season, it's easy to overlook what Kidd can do offensively.  In this series, the Mavericks will need every point he can score. 

Btw, if you Google Jason Kidd and check out the pics - there are some funny ones!  If you get Sports Illustrated you've seen a few of them.  But family in a bathtub?  All I'm sayin'.

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