SAN ANTONIO -- For the second time in three postseasons with the Dallas Mavericks, Jason Kidd is producing at levels well below that expected of an elite point guard, one reason the Mavs are facing a 3-1 first-round series deficit after Sunday's 92-89 loss in Game 4.
After Sunday's 3-of-10 shooting effort for 10 points and five assists, Kidd is averaging a pedestrian 8.8 points and 7.3 assists while the San Antonio Spurs' trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and George Hill take turns beating Kidd like a pinata. At 37, Kidd is having a hard time keeping on both ends.
Having elevated postseason expectations with a spectacular end to the season that included increased scoring, perhaps Kidd is just worn out. He's averaging more than 42 minutes in the series, but his shooting percentage is in the icy depths of 28 percent and barely holding on at 30 percent from beyond the arc.
He's not getting much help from a team of ice-cold jump shooters struggling to heat up to 40 percent. While, Ginobili, Parker and Hill take things into their own hands with dribble drives to the basket and effective pick-and-rolls, Kidd is simply physically incapable any longer of making his defender look foolish.
The Mavs' half-court offense is stagnant, turnover-prone and is struggling with a shooting percentage threatening to bottom out at 40 percent.