Pregame buzz: Mavs 'vigilant' about Jason Kidd's minutes limit

DALLAS – It will take extreme circumstances for Jason Kidd to be pushed past the 30-minute limit.

Even more extreme than his two primary backups not being available.

Delonte West will miss several weeks due to a fractured and dislocated right ring finger, and Rodrigue Beaubois is still away from the team while grieving his father’s unexpected death. That means the Mavs must get at least 18 minutes of point guard play per night from the duo of Dominique Jones and Jason Terry.

Jones and Terry aren’t pure point guards by any stretch, but the Mavs are willing to live with their mistakes to save wear and tear on Kidd’s legs.

“We want to be vigilant about this,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “You never say never, but right now we’ve been pretty consistent with it.”

They’ve been extremely consistent with it. Kidd is averaging a career-low 28.3 minutes per game. His minutes totals since returning from a strained right calf: 27, 31, 26, 22, 30 and 28. The 31-minute stint came in the double-overtime win over the Trail Blazers, when Kidd sat out the second OT.