Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hobbled Kidd doesn't travel to Milwaukee
By Jared Zwerling
During his weekly appearance on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco" show, Mike Woodson said that Jason Kidd, who missed Monday night's loss in Brooklyn with lower back spasms, is "day to day." Kidd did not travel to Milwaukee for Wednesday night's game.
Ronnie Brewer, who suffered a dislocated left ring finger against the Nets on Monday, didn't have any breaks and will play against the Bucks with his hand taped.
While the defense held the Nets to 40.7 percent shooting, the offense suffered without Kidd. After the Knicks finished the first half with 10 assists, they only had four in the second. And for the game, they made 33 shots on only 14 assists. The Nets with All-Star Deron Williams made 37 shots on 23 assists.
During his radio spot, Woodson said Kidd was missed on Monday night because of his ability to alleviate the pressure on Raymond Felton, who shot 3-for-19, and direct his teammates.
"Jason has been the common factor in terms of offensively getting us in things, defensively being a stabilizer based on who he's guarding and getting the other four guys in position," he said. "Jason does a lot of things that go unnoticed. He's not a stat guy, but when you watch the tape based on the things that he does on the floor, it's incredible. He just does things to help you win basketball games. So he was missed last night."
Kidd's presence has had a dynamic effect on the entire Knicks offense. They've been scoring 14 more points per 100 possessions with him on the floor. In addition, the Knicks' true shooting percentage, which calculates shooting percentage adjusting for the value of free throws and 3-pointers, is eight percentage points higher with Kidd on the floor. The Knicks also have a faster pace of about five more possessions per 48 minutes when he is playing.
Kidd has also had a profound impact on Carmelo Anthony, whose shooting percentages per 36 minutes diminish by 10 percent without Kidd on the floor. Anthony has scored a grand total of 70 more points with Kidd on the floor this season.
Overall, Woodson said he's not worried about the offense, even after his bunch put up fewer than 90 points for the second time this season. Woodson believes he has enough scorers and he's also looking forward to the return of Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert, who are rehabbing knee injuries.
"I think our offensive pace, and how we've been playing, has been pretty good," the coach said. "When you've got four guys that are averaging in double figures -- with J.R. (Smith), Raymond Felton, Tyson (Chandler) and then you add Melo to the mix -- that's pretty good. We're averaging about 103 points a game, which is right at the top offensively in terms of how we want to play offense. We've got to stay on pace where we are until we're able to get Amar'e and our rook back, two other pieces that should help us on both ends of the floor as we continue our journey."