If J.R.'s out, Woody needs more from Kidd

INDIANAPOLIS -- If J.R. Smith can't play Saturday night, Mike Woodson said he might need more offense from Jason Kidd.

"If we're short-handed tonight, I'll go to Kidd and tell him he's got to shoot a little bit more, be a little bit more aggressive," Woodson said. "I don't mind doing that. It's got to come from somebody."

That might be a problem, though.

Kidd hasn't scored since Game 2 of the Knicks-Celtics series.

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

#5 PG
New York Knicks

2013 STATS

  • GM76
  • PPG6.0

  • RPG4.3

  • APG3.3

  • FG%.372

  • FT%.833

In fact, he has gone 161 straight minutes without scoring a point, missing 14 straight shots.

He's averaging just 1.4 points per game on 14 percent shooting in 25 minutes per game this postseason.

The veteran has affected the game in other ways, however. He has played well on defense, tracked down loose balls and found open teammates on the offensive end.

"I don’t have to score to win," Kidd said Friday. "That’s not my game. My game is to get my teammates the ball and play defense, and if a shot presents itself, take it -- make or miss. I’m not going to fall in that trap to go out here and shoot 10 times to see if I can get myself going."

Smith is questionable with a 102-degree fever.

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"He’s like a kid," Carmelo Anthony said. "He was up early this morning running around. He was dunking in shootaround. I’m like: 'STAT, it’s May. Nobody is dunking in shootaround.’ You can just see the excitement, man, and his love for wanting to be back out there on the basketball court."

Stoudemire is expected to play 10-12 minutes tonight. It will be his first game action since March 7, when he went down with a knee injury.

Positive energy: It's been a tough few days for J.R. Smith.

Between his suspension, his shooting slump and his fever, Smith can't seem to catch a break.

Anthony, his longtime teammate, said the Knicks have made a point to remain positive around Smith.

"I just try to give him positive energy. We try to be positive with him in the locker room, on the bus, and just try to make it that type of environment because you never know what somebody is going through off the court mentally," Anthony said. "When he comes into the gym, that’s his sanctuary, so he should be able to come in there and exhale, just really focus in."

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