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Jason Kidd will return vs. Suns

4/9/2011

DALLAS -- Jason Kidd's vacation is over.

“It was a much-needed break,” Kidd said after he participated in the Dallas Mavericks practice Saturday morning.

Kidd hasn't played since last Sunday's blowout loss to the Portland Trail Blazers that ended the rigorous six-game, 10-day road trip.

Kidd's return Sunday night (6:30 p.m. tip) against the Phoenix Suns will give the Mavs a full roster for one of the few times in more than a month. Tyson Chandler returned Friday night after missing two games with a bruised tailbone.

As for the Mavs' floor general, they're hopeful the rest will allow Kidd to relocate his 3-point shot. After shooting it better than 40 percent the past two seasons, he currently sits at 34.1 percent after his worst shooting month of the season. Kidd was 23-of-88 (26.1 percent) from 3-point range in March and tacked on a 0-of-10 in the two games he’s played in April.

He averaged a season-low 7.1 points a game last month, which dropped his season scoring average to a career-low 7.9 points a game, while he committed a season-high for any month with 40 turnovers.

“I feel fresh. I feel great," Kidd said. "Six [games] in 10 days is a lot, but overall I would take a break somewhere at the end of the season to get ready for the playoffs. The schedule fit perfect for us of having almost a whole week off. That’s what coach [Rick Carlisle] and [head athletic trainer] Casey [Smith] talked about and I was in agreement with them, so it was good.”

Kidd would not rule himself in for the remaining three games. The Mavs play at the Houston Rockets on Monday and Kidd said if Wednesday's finale against the New Orleans Hornets is meaningless, it is possible that he could sit that one out.