DALLAS -- Jason Kidd scored 20 points or more three times this season. He did it in Game 1 of the first round and also in the Jan. 19 blitzing of the Los Angeles Lakers at the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks' lone win over L.A. in three tries.
Kidd banged home five of the Mavs' 12 3-pointers on 26 attempts in that game. He made 8-of-12 shots overall for 21 points and he dished off 10 assists for his best statistical game of the season.
There's no doubt that of the point guards remaining in the Western Conference side of the playoffs, L.A.'s Derek Fisher is as favorable a matchup as Kidd will find. Everyone knows another 20-point outburst from the 38-year-old isn't likely, but after Kidd hit for 24 in Game 1 and then 18 in Game 2 against the Blazers, he said the plan was for him to be more aggressive off the dribble and look more for his shot.
As the series moved along, Kidd's points trended down closer to his season average of 7.9, while assists went up.
Could he take a similar plan from the start of the Portland series into Game 1 at Los Angeles on Monday night?
"I think there's going to be plenty of opportunities for me to shoot the ball," Kidd said. "But my job is to set the table for my teammates and get out and run and try to find easy baskets to put the pressure on them defensively."
The good news for Kidd is he's had three days of rest after two days off before playing the series-clinching Game 6 in Portland. The rest is critical now that this second-round series will fire every other day until Game 7, if one is necessary. Kidd averaged a very reasonable 34.7 minutes in the first round and he says he feels fine heading to L.A.
"I feel great. I think both teams got a little rest, so both teams will be fresh and ready to go," Kidd said. "For some odd reason my age has been a big topic. I'm happy that I'm 38 and that I have 38-year-old legs. I've just got to go out there and play."