Kidd out vs. Wizards
November, 30, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
GREENBURGH -- New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd will miss Friday's game against the Washington Wizards due to lower back spasms.
Kidd has missed three games due to the ailment.
He said on Friday that he underwent an MRI which returned positive results and he hopes to return sometime next week on the Knicks' three-game road trip, starting Wednesday in Charlotte. The Knicks play at Miami on Thursday and on the road against the Bulls next Saturday.
"That’s the plan, is to get me out there sometime next week," the 39-year-old veteran said after the Knicks' Friday morning shootaround. "I feel great. A lot better as the week’s gone on. We’ll just take it day by day."
Kidd did not know where the injury originated from, calling it one of the "bumps and bruises" that arise over the course of an NBA season.
The veteran missed four games last season with the Mavericks due to back trouble.
"The goal is to be 100 percent when you come back. There’s no need to rush. Our guys are playing extremely well," he said.
The Knicks (10-4) are 1-1 without Kidd. They lost an overtime game at Brooklyn on Monday and it was clear they missed Kidd in the later stages against the Nets.
New York's offense was stagnant for large stretches of the second half and overtime and the Knicks finished with as many assists (14) as Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams.
New York, however, fared better in a win over Milwaukee on Wednesday. Pablo Prigioni came off the bench to help spark the Knicks to a 35-point second quarter. He finished with career-highs in points (11) and assists (7). "He kind of flowed right into what we’ve been doing and it was kind of nice to see. That’s one of the reasons why we brought him here," Mike Woodson said of the 35-year-old Prigioni.
Even with Prigioni playing well, the Knicks would clearly like to have Kidd back as soon as possible.
The 18-year veteran is scoring 8 points, pulling down 3.3 rebounds and handing out 3.4 assists per night. But his statistics don't accurately measure his impact on the Knicks.
Thanks largely to Kidd's work during their first 13 games, the Knicks enter play Friday averaging a league-low 11.6 turnovers per game and lead the league in offensive rating, a measure of points scored per 100 possessions.