Not A Bad Idea

03.01.08 10 years ago 23 Comments

So what if he can’t shoot and he’s still learning the system? Last night Jason Kidd showed why you need to have him on the court in crunch-time of a close game. In the final two and a half minutes against the Kings, J-Kidd scored on a driving layup, assisted Stackhouse on a three, made one critical free throw and rebounded his own miss on the second, all to help ice the win for the Mavs. When Avery Johnson did take Kidd out, it was to a standing ovation with the game wrapped up … Kidd finished with 21 points, 11 boards and 9 assists, and aside from everything he did in the fourth, his best play might have come at the end of the third. He chased down a loose ball and as he was diving out of bounds, flipped it to Dirk, who knocked down a 35-footer at the buzzer. After the game Kidd personally sought out Beno Udrih (25 pts) to give him props, then was swallowed up by a hug from ex-Jersey teammate Anthony Johnson, who seriously looks like he weighs 250 pounds now … Dirk also made some big-time shots down the stretch — including one picture-perfect fadeaway that no one could have done anything about — capping a night in which he dumped 34 and 10 boards on Ron Artest … A Mavs fan held up a Devin Harris jersey with Devin’s name and number scratched out and replaced by Kidd’s. That was kind of mean-spirited; it’s not like Devin did anything to facilitate getting shipped out of Dallas … The first half of Chris Paul vs. Deron Williams: The Next Chapter belonged to CP. (Who going into last night was 1-7 against Utah in his career.) He went off for 19 points and 7 dimes in the first 24 minutes, sparking a 21-0 run and helping the Hornets build a lead that was knocking on 30 at one point. And just like that, the second half was Deron’s time to start killing, nailing step-back triples and setting up Utah’s scorers — plus one bucket where he did some unfair things to a dizzy Jannero Pargo before wetting a three in his mug. He ended up with 22 points and 10 dimes and the Jazz cut the lead to as little as six, but couldn’t get stops when they needed to. New Orleans’ Big Four + Pargo won it for them: CP was naturally a holy terror with 25 points, 16 dimes and 5 steals; David West (25 pts, 13 rebs) was giving buckets to everyone from Boozer to Memo to Millsap, especially beating Boozer to the boards time and again; Peja scored 20; Tyson Chandler held Boozer to just 10 points; and Pargo dropped 15 with some crucial buckets down the stretch … Chris Paul used the game to debut his new Jordan CP kicks on the court … Is there a reason why every time it seemed Kendrick Perkins (19 pts, 9 rebs, 5 blks) scored, no Bobcat taller than 6-7 was standing anywhere near him? Defensive breakdowns left and right for the ‘Cats, who had a chance in this game (oddly, they seem play Boston better than almost any other team) but again has their defense to blame … Teams have to love when the Grizzlies pop up on the schedule. Taking care of business in its second game post-Yao, the Rockets wrapped up an undefeated month of February by putting Memphis to sleep early. T-Mac posted 25 and 6 dimes in just three quarters of work, while Dikembe had 13 boards and 4 blocks — apparently numbers he can put up until he’s 60 if given the playing time. The win streak is at 14, but it’s gonna get tougher once Denver comes knocking over the weekend … Speaking of guys who will never slow down, A.I. scored 38 against the Clippers. You know, it wasn’t too long ago when L.A. was eliminating the Nuggets from the playoffs and everyone was questioning Carmelo‘s ability to deliver in the clutch. Now they’re headed in totally opposite directions … The Lakers saw their win streak snapped at 10 in Portland. Last time they played a few days ago, the Blazers lost their lead and eventually the game in part because they didn’t have a go-to guy when it mattered most. Last night that guy was back: Brandon Roy. He had 20 points and 12 assists while coming back from that ankle injury, trading clutch shots with “Mr. Fourth Quarter” Travis Outlaw (18 pts) … Kobe (33 pts) had an insane shot where he took off on the right side of the rim, turned a 180 in mid-air and ended up dropping it in from the left side … Really, who was Minnesota going to stick on LeBron? Ryan Gomes and Craig Smith are too slow, Corey Brewer is too skinny, and the Wolves’ best athlete, Randy Foye, is too short. It’s a surprise ‘Bron didn’t do more damage than the 30 points and 13 dimes he posted … Bad news for the Raptors. Not the losing to the Pacers and getting rained on by Mike Dunleavy (36 pts, 6 threes), but the losing Chris Bosh in the first quarter, who just couldn’t go on that sore right knee he tweaked earlier this week. The MRI revealed only some swelling and Bosh might be good for the upcoming Southeast road trip … Bad news for Fred Jones. He found out that trying to dunk on Josh Smith is often not successful … We’re out like benching Kidd …

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