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    Jason Kidd a more than capable replacement for Raymond Felton

    Jason Kidd a more than capable replacement for Raymond Felton

    Originally published: December 27, 2012 3:48 PM
    Updated: December 27, 2012 8:14 PM
    By NEIL BEST neil.best@newsday.com




    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Everyone understands that Jason Kidd is not a kid anymore, not with his 40th birthday less than three months away and after nearly two decades of NBA wear and tear.

    But as Plan Bs go, he is a luxury for the Knicks, who can turn to a future Hall of Famer as they attempt to fill in for point guard Raymond Felton.

    Felton consulted with a hand specialist in New York Thursday and was told that he does not need surgery but must wear a splint until the complex fracture heals. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

    Until Felton returns, the trick will be relying on Kidd without relying on him too much.

    He has been starting at shooting guard and has been deployed judiciously, averaging 29.7 minutes. Mike Woodson would prefer to keep that figure roughly where it is, Felton or no Felton.

    After Kidd orchestrated the shorthanded Knicks' 99-97 victory over the Suns on Wednesday, Woodson said, "Tonight he played a young 30 minutes, but I know I can't wear him down like that."

    The plan is for Pablo Prigioni, currently averaging 13.3 minutes, to pick up much of the slack along with J.R. Smith and James White. Said Woodson, "We can mix and match and see what happens."

    But there is little doubt that Kidd will have to assume most of the burden, especially late in games.

    Against Phoenix, the Knicks went ahead 68-54 with 6:13 left in the third quarter and led 70-59 when Prigioni replaced Kidd 55 seconds later. The Suns then took control, and when they went ahead 80-76 with 10:55 left in the fourth quarter, Kidd returned and the Knicks immediately stabilized.

    Kidd, who had seven points and three assists in the remainder of the fourth, finished with 23 points, eight assists, six rebounds and one turnover in 31 minutes. He set up Smith's buzzer-beater by neatly inbounding a bounce pass to him with one second left.

    "J-Kidd is unbelievable,'' said Smith, who has hit two game-winners at the buzzer this month. "He plays so calm, he keeps everybody else under control, even though it's a hostile environment. He just communicates with everyone so well and makes everyone feel good about themselves."

    Said Tyson Chandler, "He's never rattled and seems like he makes all the right plays . . . In the huddle, he just stands up and tells us exactly what's going on like he's coaching."

    Kidd chose to sign with the Knicks over the Mavericks last summer, and even before Felton went down, he was an important pickup. He averages 8.7 points and 4.0 assists and is shooting .450 on three-pointers, ninth-best in the league.

    How is he holding up physically? "I feel great, I feel great; there's nothing wrong," he said Wednesday. "You get maybe tired just like anybody else running all those pick-and-rolls, but you get used to it. The game of basketball is supposed to be fun, and that's what we're doing now."

    Kidd said returning to primary playmaking responsibilities is not a concern. "For me, it's just playing basketball," he said. "As a point guard, it's being able to get the ball to the right guys in the right places. There's nothing different if I was playing the two-guard; it's just understanding what the defense is giving you and being able to knock down shots."

    Felton ranks second on the team in scoring at 15.8 points per game and first in assists at 6.3. He hurt himself going after a ball with the Lakers' Steve Nash on Tuesday. An X-ray at halftime Wednesday revealed the fracture.

    "I was hurt, I was angry, but it happens," he said. "It was a freak accident. Can't be too upset."

    Smith is prepared to help at the point if called upon. He said he will study video of Felton setting up pick-and-roll plays. "I'm excited and I'm up for the challenge," he said.

    Mostly, though, Kidd is the man.

    Notes & quotes: Carmelo Anthony was termed "questionable" for Friday night's game against the Kings after sitting out Wednesday with a hyperextended left knee. The Knicks are 3-2 without him this season
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    JR excited and will study Ray with the Pick and roll?

    We know his handle is not great, but a pick and roll, this could get interesting your not letting him shoot?



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    JR. Smith playing point at times scares me. I'm confident that Pablo can pick up the production. He just has to let the game come to him because he dribbles at times a little too much for my taste. I'm not worried about Kidd. I actually like him running the team better than Felton to be honest. Knicks will be okay.

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    Let's face it people. Both Kidd and Prigioni are going to have matchup problems with a lot of the PGs in the NBA. Smith can provide adequate defense on most guards using his athleticism and size.

    Until Iman comes back from injury (or Felton), JR will be needed for stretches at PG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksFan4Years View Post
    Let's face it people. Both Kidd and Prigioni are going to have matchup problems with a lot of the PGs in the NBA. Smith can provide adequate defense on most guards using his athleticism and size.

    Until Iman comes back from injury (or Felton), JR will be needed for stretches at PG.
    Agreed.

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    I'm sure thats is why Woody said JR and white, 2 shooting guards who can play defense and move quicker than Kidd and pablo.

    It sure will be interesting.


    We are playing against the PG I want tomorrow, hmmmm



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    Quote Originally Posted by still a fan:24880167
    I'm sure thats is why Woody said JR and white, 2 shooting guards who can play defense and move quicker than Kidd and pablo.

    It sure will be interesting.


    We are playing against the PG I want tomorrow, hmmmm
    I want the real Isaiah Thomas from the late 80's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE MTL View Post
    I want the real Isaiah Thomas from the late 80's.
    lol and I was talking about Brooks



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    Jr ran a lot of Pick and Rolls with Nene especially when Melo left Denver. You can argue he was the best at it on the team because he was more of a scoring threat than Miller and Lawson were. He was more a bounce pass guy than lob tosser but Im confident he can make the adjustment.
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    If you don't understand what I mean see the formula below:

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    Quote Originally Posted by still a fan View Post
    lol and I was talking about Brooks
    Brooks is an undersized shooting guard masquerading as a point guard. I loved him in Houston since that team was fun to root for when Artest was at his Artiestiest, but I wouldn't want him on my team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE MTL View Post
    I want the real Isaiah Thomas from the late 80's.
    He's back on NBA TV if you really miss him, lols. He's writing for nba.com too, just read his "article" about the importance of little men...

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    Smith can run the Pick and Roll decently because they can't go under, he can already break people down off the dribble and he's a solid passer.
    Not the best decision maker though, but if Kidd AND Novak are out there (he looks for him a lot and might think pass first) he'll do fine.

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    smith playing pg is a disaster waiting to happen...cut white's bum @%# and sign flynn or any other serviceable pg...heck even go the mike bibby route!...ok maybe not bibby but a young serviceable pg cuz i would caution that it takes felton closer to 6 weeks (including time to get back into game shape)...as great as kidd is but its gonna take a toll on him eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnickVeteran View Post
    JR. Smith playing point at times scares me. I'm confident that Pablo can pick up the production. He just has to let the game come to him because he dribbles at times a little too much for my taste. I'm not worried about Kidd. I actually like him running the team better than Felton to be honest. Knicks will be okay.
    Pablo needs to play more with guys like sheed amare copeland who can score not tyson who needs the ball 1 inch away from basket.

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    Smith can play PG a little but we have 2 capable PG's on our roster.. Making Smith Guard opposing PG's would be a good idea on the defensive end..

    Hopla needs to spend some time with Brewer his shot is broken.. If bRew can give us meaningful minutes at the 2 we would be all right til Shump and Ray get back..

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