He passed along his experience to some teammates from the 2002 Eastern Conference finals when Kidd's New Jersey Nets blew a 21-point lead to the Boston Celtics entering the fourth quarter and fell behind in the series, 2-1.
On Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks blew a 23-point lead in the final 13:16 in Game 4, allowing the Portland Trail Blazers to tie the series at 2-2.
Kidd said he received a text from his former coach Lawrence Frank, reminding him that he's been in this position before and survived.
"We lost a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, kind of like we did in Portland," Kidd said. "We were actually down 2-1 [in the series after the loss] and it was kind of ironic that Game 4 was the same thing. We were up 20 again in Game 4 and almost gave the lead away, so we learned from our experience. You’ve got to play the game for 48 minutes. It wasn’t nice or fun to sit in Boston after giving up that lead, but it was an experience the team had to go through. It was a learning experience. It got us closer together, especially on the road, and we ended up going to the Finals."
The Mavs better learn quickly. They can't afford to no-show in Game 5 and expect to win in Portland in Game 6. Kidd said the Mavs are ready.
"We’re prepared. We’ve got to come out and play," said Kidd, who scored 42 points in Games 1 and 2 and 17 points in Games 3 and 4. "What’s happened in the past is over with. We’ve got Game 5. That’s all we can focus on."