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Jason Kidd, who hasn’t scored in eight straight playoff games: ‘I’m not a guy who’s going to score’

May 15, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

Jason Kidd AP

The play of Jason Kidd is one of several areas of concern for the Knicks, who are now on the wrong side of a three games to one series deficit against the Pacers. He remains the preferred choice at point guard for Mike Woodson off the bench, despite going through struggles on the offensive end of the floor that have reached epic proportions.

Kidd last scored in Game 2 against the Celtics back on April 23, but has played on average more than 20 minutes per game in each of the eight games since. He’s 0-for-16 from the field during that stretch, while seeing 161 minutes of playing time.

To be fair, he’s not really even trying — Kidd has only shot the ball seven times in 78 minutes through four games against the Pacers in the series.

Shooting woes notwithstanding, Kidd believes he can be effective for his team in other ways.

From Zach Schonbrun of the New York Times:

“I’m not a guy who’s going to score,” Kidd said. “If the ball doesn’t go in, that doesn’t dictate my game. It’s always been trying to find the open guy and make a play for my teammates, and when there’s a shot presented, take it.”

As silly as that first sentence sounded, Kidd’s not entirely wrong, here.

During the regular season, there were 15 times where Kidd played reasonable to heavy minutes without scoring a single point. So really, this isn’t a new phenomenon. But in a playoff series against a team as strong defensively as the Pacers have been, can the Knicks afford to have him out there when there’s virtually zero chance of him even being a small factor offensively?

Probably not, but it’s not as if Woodson has many other options. Pablo Prigioni has seemed to be a better choice for those minutes over Kidd, but he too has gone scoreless in two of the three games he’s played 20-plus minutes against the Pacers in the series.

He also had a game where he chipped in 10 points, four rebounds, and four assists, and it was the only one New York has been able to win in the series.

Woodson clearly trusts Kidd more than he does Prigioni, despite the veteran’s inability to contribute offensively. Prigioni got in for just three minutes in Game 4, although Woodson might have no choice but to try him again, along with anything and everything to avoid elimination in Game 5 on Thursday.

  1. cantonbound13 - May 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Kidd should just retire & go into coaching.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      He alluded to it earlier in the season when his legs and shot went south. I think he will retire after the season.

    • hehateme2 - May 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      What a joke the knicks are! They were lucky to even get to the playoffs IMO

      • cantonbound13 - May 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        you’re a true idiot.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Pablo should get Kidd’s minutes. Kidd is only in there to rebound and defend, which he still does well. But there are times when there is only one or two (max) guys who can even score in ANY way, whether they can create their own shot or only spot up. Last night, there was a time when NO ONE could score (JR being the only threat, and we KNOW what’s up with him of late), and, predictably, the Knicks fell behind by 18 with that lineup.

  3. cantonbound13 - May 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    When guys like JR Smith are struggling, why don’t you play Copeland or Novak? Instead Woodson cuts Novak’s minutes. Novak is their best shooter & doesn’t even play? I never was a fan of Woodson.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      That’s what Coach SHOULD have been doing going into last night. If you go down, at least have more of an opportunity to SCORE while going down. But running multiple rotations where only one guy can score, and two of them are STILL defensive liabilities makes no sense at all.

      And I like that Cope is hesitating less now than he was a month ago. Novak came in gunning also, and we need that.

  4. erckle31 - May 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Kidd needs to retire already.

    Get that 5 year countdown to the Hall of Fame over sooner.

  5. mrwrightsdad - May 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    “I’m not a guy whose going to score”
    – Steve Buscemi

  6. fm31970 - May 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    So the Knicks could use a guy like Jeremy Lin at the point, now?

    • dohoangquan35 - May 15, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      well, he maybe not a great point guard but some time you should have a pg who is willing to penetrate to create open looks. you guys went iso too much

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      We have enough unathletic players who fizzle in the face of good defense. Thanks.

  7. jkiddingme - May 15, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Knickstape

  8. iowahbr - May 15, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    don’t want him for scoring but if you watched it last night his teammates won’t pass him the ball as the clock winds down. In today’s NBA it is very hard to play 4 on 5 on offense and when you do you want your 5th player to be over 7 feet tall..

  9. lucidsportsfan - May 15, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Kidd’s streak was at 161 minutes through 7 games, it’s now up to 177 through 8 (and probably a few more from the last game he did score in). I’m fairly certain int’s an NBA record, but nobody is mentioning that…

    • lucidsportsfan - May 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Here’s more on that, and what all-time NBA records Kidd may be setting: http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2013_05_12_archive.html#196456919316358554

  10. yuwannano - May 15, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    ‘I’m not a guy who’s going to score’

    Gee, ya think?? Let it go Jason, just let it go…

  11. eventhorizon04 - May 15, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    The problem is he’s not a guy who takes even open shots anymore.

    When a player reaches the point where he’s afraid to take shots, he doesn’t serve any purpose on offense unless he does a good job creating plays for teammates. In this series, the Knicks’ ball movement has mostly died, and having Kidd on the floor hasn’t helped with that.

    Prigioni, despite similarly not scoring points for the Knicks, at the very least has had a positive effect on the team’s ball movement and creativity on offense.

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