Jason Kidd seals Knicks win vs. Nets
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Jason Kidd doesn’t run the show anymore. The New York Knicks have moved him off the ball, taking advantage of his passing and shooting without asking the 39-year-old to orchestrate every play like he did in his prime.
But Kidd still can stop the show.
The former New Jersey Nets star buried the tiebreaking three-pointer Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets in a 100-97 win. The shot came on a kick-out pass from J.R. Smith, who found Kidd wide-open on the left wing.
Our favorite part of the play is when Kidd sticks out his leg so 38-year-old Jerry Stackhouse bumps it for an and-one play. It was a cheap ploy, as analyst Jeff Van Gundy points out, and he missed the ensuing free throw. Ball don’t lie, as Knicks teammate Rasheed Wallace says.
But it was a veteran move, by a veteran player, at a crucial point, in a crucial game. The Knicks couldn’t go 0-for-2 at Barclays Center in its first year. Kidd knew the stakes and made the shot.
“I hate him,” Nets point guard Deron Williams joked.
But that’s the Kidd the Knicks need. He scored 18 points on nine shots Tuesday, making six of eight three-pointers. He added six assists, even as he allows Raymond Felton to run the pick-and-rolls and control the pace most of the game.
The Knicks are the oldest team in NBA history. Kidd isn’t even the elder statesman; Kurt Thomas is 40.
But he is their veteran leader, the one with the championship ring and two other NBA Finals appearances and the Hall of Fame résumé. He’s the one they want taking open three-pointers in big moments of big games.
“I’m a competitor,” Kidd said. “I want to win.”