Late in the game against Sacramento last night, fans began noticing on the scoreboard that Jason Kidd had 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Only one assist needed for his first triple double as a Maverick and the 100th of his career. But by that time, the Kings had begun fouling to put the Mavericks at the free throw line, trying to reduce the deficit.
Kidd said he didn't notice the scoreboard, which is at the top in each end zone of the upper deck, but when he was removed from the game with 17.2 seconds left, teammates began kidding him about the close call.
"I can't look at the scoreboard and be worried about that," Kidd said. "I’ve got too many things going through my head -- run the plays, chasing on defense. I don’t have that type of vision. And
I think that scoreboard is a little bit too high for me to see. My teammates
were teasing me when I came out that 'you couldn’t get one more assist?' The
beauty of that is I’ve always believed in my teammates that, they are going to
knock down shots. So I told them 'don’t worry about it. You guys are going to
have another chance at it come Sunday.' "
-- Jan Hubbard