Friday, May 9, 2014
Zero points? Kidd can relate
By Mike Mazzeo
If there’s anyone who can relate to what Deron Williams went through in Game 2, it’s his coach.
Jason Kidd also had a scoreless playoff game with the Nets.
Kidd went 0-for-8 from the field in 43 minutes as New Jersey was eliminated by Detroit in Game 7 of the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals. Kidd also had five assists, five rebounds, three steals and two turnovers.
Of course, Kidd was playing with a damaged knee, which required meniscus surgery in the offseason. Also, Kidd had led the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in the two prior seasons.
Williams doesn’t have that same type of track record, which made his zero-point effort Thursday night even more difficult to swallow.
Kidd shot just 28.4 percent in that series against the Pistons, although he averaged 10.1 points, nine assists, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals.
Some more ESPN Stats & Information nuggets:
• Williams had played 662 straight games in which he scored at least a point. In his other two scoreless games, he attempted just two field goals total in 22 minutes.
• Williams went 0-for-9 from the field, including 0-for-5 on jumpers, which were all contested. In Game 1, Williams went 5-for-8 on jumpers -- only three of which were contested.
• Williams went 0-for-4 from the field when guarded by Norris Cole. Cole did not guard Williams in Game 1.
• Andrei Kirilenko was a DNP-coach’s decision for the second time in these playoffs. Very surprising, considering many felt Kirilenko might be the team’s best defender for LeBron James. James has scored 22 points in both games of the series. Paul Pierce did a great job guarding James in Game 2, holding him to 3-for-8 shooting, while forcing him to shoot from an average of 18.6 feet, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
• In nine minutes with Mirza Teletovic playing center, the Nets were outscored 17-12 and allowed the Heat to shoot 66.7 percent (8-for-12).
• Why would Kidd try Teletovic at center? Well, here are the average stats of his other options:
Kevin Garnett: 18.5 minutes, two points, eight rebounds, 20 percent shooting
Mason Plumlee: 12.5 minutes, two points, 2.5 rebounds, 40 percent shooting
Andray Blatche: 8.5 minutes: two points, two rebounds, 25 percent shooting
Blatche played just five minutes in Game 2, which was another surprise.
• In the fourth quarter, Joe Johnson (1-for-4), Garnett (1-for-4) and Williams (0-for-3) combined to shoot 2-for-11 from the field. The Nets went 0-for-5 from 3-point range.
• The Heat went 9-for-16 from 3-point range in the final three quarters after a 1-for-8 performance from deep in the first quarter.
• Brooklyn has the second-worst free throw percentage (72.2) of teams remaining in the playoffs. Only Washington (68.4) is worse.