Jason Kidd to rest up for playoffs

Updated: April 5, 2011, 7:25 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Only two members of the Dallas Mavericks have a shot at playing in all 82 games this season, but it appears that coach Rick Carlisle will make sure that 17-year veteran point guard Jason Kidd won't join Jason Terry in accomplishing that feat.

Kidd, who has missed fewer than a half-dozen games since he rejoined the Mavs more than three seasons ago, could sit as many as two of the remaining five regular-season games.

"He's going to get some rest here down the stretch," Carlisle said Tuesday. "... We're going to make sure he's fresh."

Kidd looked to be beat up and fatigued on the tail end of a recently completed six-game road trip. On Tuesday, Kidd wasn't on the floor for the final 10 minutes or so of practice when the media was allowed into the gym.

When asked if Kidd practiced, Carlisle would only say, "He's here," indicating that the 38-year-old was given a second day off to recharge his legs before the surging Denver Nuggets come to town Wednesday night.

"He's a little dinged up, yeah," Carlisle acknowledged, noting that the hand Kidd was grasping during Sunday's loss to Portland was not an issue. "We were able to get his minutes down. But again, he's going to get a game or two of rest here at some point."

Dallas has one more set of back-to-back games this season -- against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday and at the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Kidd rescued the second game of the six-game road trip in Phoenix with an eight-point flurry down the stretch that gave him 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting -- including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. In the remaining four games, he managed a total of 14 points on 5-of-28 shooting -- 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.

Kidd played a high of 32 minutes in those four games. The other three were 27, 29 and 29 minutes.

"We need to make sure that Jason's fresh going into the playoffs," Carlisle said.

Jeff Caplan covers the Dallas Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.