Major injury averted, Jason Kidd happy for Roddy

DALLAS -- Jason Kidd called the calf injury that will sideline him at least a week a fluke and is just glad it wasn't worse as the Dallas Mavericks initially feared.

Early in the first quarter of Friday night's game, Utah Jazz point guard Devin Harris drove to the basket. Kidd planted in the lane looking to take a charge, but Harris made a spinning move instead and avoided contact. At the point that Kidd planted his right leg, he said it felt like someone had kicked him in the calf.

When he got to the bench, he told head athletic trainer Casey Smith what he felt. The two headed to the locker room and Smith checked the game tape. Nobody was around Kidd to kick him and that raised some preliminary red flags.

"They were a little nervous I had torn the Achillles or something because that’s, I guess, the common theme when you say you got kicked in the back of the calf," Kidd said. "I’m just happy it was just a strain."

Kidd missed his fifth game of the season in the wild 101-100 overtime win over the Spurs and he stands to miss at least No. 6, 7,8 and 9 this week -- nine being the total number he missed in the last five seasons combined.

The 18-year veteran is taking the rare down time in stride, almost seeming happy to give third-year guard Rodrigue Beaubois some much-needed floor time. Beaubois has played well of late. He had 22 points, seven assists and four blocks in 36 minutes at the point after Kidd went down. He had another good showing against the Spurs with 14 points, seven assists and three more blocked shots in 36 minutes.

His last one was the biggest, swatting Gary Neal's drive near the end of regulation that set up Jason Terry's tying bucket with 0.5 seconds showing on the clock.

"Again, we’re holding the guys back," Kidd joked about the Mavs' 8-1 record with either he or Dirk Nowitzki out of the lineup. "I think this is great for Roddy to get more minutes under his belt. Again, guys are picking it up for guys that are out and for us it’s to get healthy and make the team that much better when we get back."