Pregame buzz: Jason Kidd out again

DENVER -- Mavs point guard Jason Kidd will sit out his sixth consecutive game tonight against the Denver Nuggets, but there are signs his return could come as soon as this weekend.

Kidd, who is recovering from a strained right calf, is on the road trip and went through a pregame shooting routine on the Pepsi Center court. He did not travel with the team on previous road trips while he was injured.

It’s unlikely that Kidd would return for a back-to-back, but perhaps he could practice Thursday in Minnesota to prepare to play against the Trail Blazers at home Saturday night.

Coach Rick Carlisle isn’t offering any hints.

“He’s getting better,” Carlisle said, and that’s all he offered for an official Kidd update.