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Kidd takes crunch-time Manu challenge

DALLAS -- Shawn Marion was the Mavs' defensive player of the year candidate, but Jason Kidd is the guy they count on to be the crunch-time stopper.

Even at the ripe old age of 37, Kidd is up to the task.

Look at the last five minutes of Game 1, when Marion watched while Jason Terry and Caron Butler joined Kidd on the court. Kidd locked down Manu Ginobili, holding the Spurs star to two points on 0-of-3 shooting while the Mavs put the game away.

"We’re just going to try to throw multiple guys at him and wear him down," Kidd said when asked about his role in the defenisve dilemma presented by Ginobili. "He’s talented. He’s going to get to the basket. We know that. We just want to make it tough."

So Kidd gets to wait to until Ginobili is worn down to guard him?

"I hope so," Kidd said.

That's a future Hall of Famer being modest. Kidd's ability to turn up the defensive intensity down the stretch is an underrated reason the Mavs' record in tight games is so good in the last two seasons.