Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Updated: February 9, 1:40 PM ET
Jason Kidd (calf) to practice Thursday
By Tim MacMahon
DENVER -- Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd plans to practice Thursday for the first time since straining his right calf Jan. 27.
There is a possibility that Kidd, who has missed the last six games, could return Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"We had a good day today," Kidd said after the Mavs' 105-95 win Wednesday night over the Denver Nuggets. "We'll see how I go tomorrow in practice. Then, if I feel good, we'll give it a shot Friday. If not, there's no timetable right now. We just want to make sure I'm 100 percent before I come back."
This is the first time Kidd has joined the Mavericks on a road trip since suffering the injury. He began running on a treadmill over the weekend and has significantly increased his physical workload this week.
"I've been running, I've been cutting, I've been shooting," said Kidd. "Everything is responding in a positive way. We're going in the right direction."
The 38-year-old Kidd, who had a back injury earlier this season, has missed 10 of the Mavericks' 26 games despite averaging a career-low 28.7 minutes per game.
The Mavs (15-11) are 7-3 without Kidd, but they clearly missed their floor general during a recent three-game losing streak, especially late in close losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers.
In other injury news, Mavericks guard Jason Terry didn't play the final 5:26 in Wednesday's win over the Nuggets because of a sore hip flexor.
"He's got to get some treatment tomorrow and we've got to get him ready for Friday and Saturday," Carlisle said. "It's something that's been bothering him the last couple of days, so that's something we'll have to monitor closely."
Terry certainly isn't sounding any alarms, however.
"No, no, no, no, not at all," Terry said. "I'm good. It was just tight. Nothing to worry about at all."
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.