Starting Five: Any tricks up Kidd's sleeve?
May, 14, 2014
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Frank Franklin IIFor his next trick, Jason Kidd must find some hidden magic for Game 5.Does Jason Kidd have any more tricks up his sleeve?
With his team on the brink of elimination for the second consecutive playoff round, it’ll be interesting to see whether the rookie head coach of the Brooklyn Nets makes any adjustments in Game 5 on Wednesday night against the Heat in Miami.
With the Nets down 3-2 to the Toronto Raptors in Round 1, Kidd elected to insert Alan Anderson into the starting lineup in favor of Shaun Livingston. Kidd also removed first-year pro Mason Plumlee from the rotation, playing Andray Blatche, Andrei Kirilenko and Marcus Thornton more minutes instead. And he lobbied the referees to try to get more foul calls for Joe Johnson, receiving a $25,000 fine from the NBA in the process, while also removing Kevin Garnett’s minutes restriction.
All his moves worked wonders.
The thing you have to give Kidd credit for is that he lives and dies with his players -- and he’s not afraid to try something unorthodox like playing Mirza Teletovic or Kirilenko at center.
The Nets are in a 3-1 hole to Miami, mainly because they haven’t been able to stop LeBron James (30.3 points on 59.7 percent shooting this series) and they’ve only played one superior game against the two-time defending champions.
Whether or not their season ends on Wednesday night, Kidd’s first season as head coach has largely been a success and definitely is something he can build on moving forward.
Question: What adjustments -- if any -- do you think Kidd should make in Game 5?
In case you missed it: Deron Williams’ great start to Game 4 was overshadowed by his bad ending. Either way, the Nets aren’t giving up just yet.
Stat to know: The last team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA series was the 2006 Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Up next: Game 5 at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.