Jason Kidd, Knicks Continue to Improve
“Kidd, what can you say, man?” Mike Woodson said postgame. “He’s been doing it like that all season for us, so it was fantastic.”
Kidd started the game how he finished, by hitting a 3-pointer. That’s how he made the biggest impact, which the Knicks needed with all of the double teams being thrown at Carmelo Anthony. When the Nets regularly clogged Steve Novak’s airspace in the baseline corners, that left Kidd open on the wings — and he capitalized, shooting a season-high 6-for-8 from downtown.
After the game, Kidd, who has the third-most 3-point makes in NBA history, said he realized earlier in his career that he needed to further develop his outside shot in order to continue playing past his prime. That realization came when he was in New Jersey about 10 years ago, when he was “slowing down a bit.” Now, he’s the league’s best 3-point shooter this season at 53.0 percent accuracy.
“I knew that if I wanted to play longer, I had to make a shot from the 3-point line,” he said. “If I was going to play, I had to hit some shots. It’s helped by working hard.”