Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Jason Kidd, back from groin strain, feels 'great'
By Jeff Caplan
DALLAS -- Jason Kidd missed the last four games with a right groin strain that he says has bothered him all season. But as he heads into tonight's return, a must-have game against the Sacramento Kings, Kidd, 39, said he feels great.
"It's been all season and so we just felt that give it some time to rest and see how that responded, give a week and see if I can go," Kidd said after Tuesday morning's shootaround. "That helped and so I'm ready to go."
Coach Rick Carlisle said Kidd's floor time likely will be more limited than the 30-minute cap that Kidd's been under more or less all season. Considering the groin injury has nagged him since December, is Kidd concerned that it could flare up again as the Mavs kick off eight games over the next 12 days?
"No, I feel great, so the rest definitely helped," Kidd said. "If I wasn't ready to go I would still be sitting out, so we're ready to go."
As for Delonte West, who twice twisted his left ankle last Friday, he participated in Tuesday's shootaround and will continue to play through the pain. West, also dealing with his still-healing right ring finger, logged 30 and 25 minutes in the last two games and he appeared to be a bit gimpy during portions of Saturday's loss at Memphis.
Carlisle again noted that a lot of players would not have suited up in either game.