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Kidd's offense looms as playoff threat

Veteran facilitator answers call to shoot more often and bolsters Mavericks' attack

Updated: April 16, 2010, 5:13 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The All-Star break is the obvious line of demarcation to differentiate this Jason Kidd from the one who played the previous two years for the Dallas Mavericks and went 1-2 in playoff series.

This Kidd scores.

But why, after two years of career-low scoring, has Kidd suddenly emerged as a threat?

"Conscious effort," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. "I mean, people were in his ear, and he worked at it. He realized that if he scores, life gets easier for everybody else."

So ...

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