Kidd was limited to just five points on 1-of-7 shooting in Game 2 and the Spurs defense has done a terrific job all season of limiting 3-point attempts, Kidd's favorite shot where he hit for better than 42 percent this season.
Spurs guard Tony Parker said the key to the series is to make Kidd, 37, scramble for 40 minutes.
"He's the motor for that team, he makes them go," Parker said. "If we can get him a little bit tired, even a little bit, I think it's good for us because he's the head of the snake. When he plays well, usually Dallas wins."
Kidd had 13 points and 11 assists in the Mavs' Game 1 win. Game 3 is tonight at 8:30 on ESPN.
"I try to do whatever I can, try to pressure him and try to make it hard on him and then George [Hill] does the same thing to try to get him tired," Parker said. "Maybe over the course of a series it will help us down the road."