Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Kidd out vs. Bucks, no timetable for return
By ESPNNewYork.com staff
Jason Kidd, who is not playing in Wednesday's Knicks-Bucks game due to lower back spasms, is listed as day to day and, according to reports, there is no specific timetable for his return.
"We're always worried about guys when they go down. We just don't know. He's got the back spasms and it's going to be a day-to-day thing. Hopefully, he'll be back soon," Knicks coach Mike Woodson told reporters Wednesday in Milwaukee after the team's shootaround.
Kidd sat out of the Knicks' loss Monday to the Brooklyn Nets because of the back spasms, and his absence was costly.
The 18-year veteran has established himself as a vital piece for the Knicks (9-4). Starting at shooting guard, Kidd is averaging 8 points, 2.1 steals, 3.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 26 minutes per game.
But measuring Kidd's impact by stats alone is a mistake. With Kidd out against Brooklyn, the Knicks' offense was stagnant at times and simply ineffective for long stretches. The Knicks finished with 14 assists on 33 makes, compared to 23 assists on 37 makes for the Nets.
Deron Williams badly outplayed Raymond Felton -- scoring 16 points and handing out 14 assists, compared to eight points (3-for-19 shooting) and five assists for Felton.
According to reports, Tyson Chandler spoke with Kidd on Tuesday morning and told him to take enough time to fully heal his back before returning to the floor.
"Even if he has to be out for a while, we'll win our games and we'll lose some like (Monday)," Chandler told reporters. "It'll be a learning experience. But it's more important we have him healthy for the long haul."
Kidd, who is shooting 50 percent from three-point territory, missed four games with Dallas last season due to back trouble.
The Knicks certainly need a healthy Kidd back as soon as possible.
Thanks in part to Kidd, New York entered Wednesday's contest averaging an NBA-low 11.4 turnovers per game while also in a tie with Miami for the league lead in offensive efficiency, which is a measure of points scored per 100 possessions.
Ronnie Brewer will play against the Bucks despite a dislocated left ring finger. According to reports, Woodson is "leery" of Brewer playing with his third and fourth fingers taped together.
"I've got to wait and see how he reacts playing," Woodson said. "It's not his shooting hand, so that's a plus for us. But the way he plays, he grabs and pushes and things of that nature. I've just got to hope the finger doesn't affect his play."