Jason Kidd Injury: Updates on Knicks PG's Back

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 26, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18:  Jason Kidd #5 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Pacers 88-76.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Jason Kidd is currently dealing with a nagging back injury and Knicks fans have to hope it doesn't last all season.

UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5 at 10:57 a.m. ET

Great news for Knicks fans as Jason Kidd will come off the bench tonight against the Bobcats, according to New York Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Felton, Kidd and Prigioni will play. Kidd will come off bench and said the headband has been retired. Just a bandaid covering the cut.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 5, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Jason Kidd says that he will play on Wednesday at the Charlotte Bobcats even if he doesn't start according to the New York Post's Marc Berman via Twitter:

Kidd said will play but maybe not start.

— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) December 4, 2012


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UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 6:13 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola, Jason Kidd could be ready to return on Wednesday:

Also, Jason Kidd worked out today and could be ready by Wed. He's missed four games with back spasms. Only issue is Knicks play 4 in 5 days

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 2, 2012


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UPDATE: Thursday, November 29 at 11:02 a.m. ET

There is currently no timetable for Jason Kidd (back) to return, according to New York Post's Marc Berman.

With Kidd out indefinitely, he [Pablo Prigioni] could become a big factor.

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Jason Kidd will miss Monday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets due to lower back spasms, according to the Nets.

The Nets tweeted:

The Knicks will start Felton-Brewer-Anthony-Thomas-Chandler ... Jason Kidd is NWT - lower back spasms

— Nets PR Dept. (@Nets_PR) November 26, 2012

Kidd has averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 50 percent from downtown in 26 minutes per game this season. He's been a stabilizing presence for a Knicks team that was anything but stable in the playoffs last season.

As a 39-year-old point guard, Kidd isn't the same spry player as he used to be, so little hiccups here and there should be expected. As long as he can stay on the court for most of the season and, more importantly, the playoffs, it shouldn't affect the red-hot Knicks too much.

New York is 9-3 this season and is coming off a 121-100 drubbing of the Detroit Pistons. The Knicks are third in the NBA in scoring per game (103.4) and 10th in points allowed per game (95.4).

Kidd signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Knicks in July, leaving the Dallas Mavericks. On Nov. 21, he exploded against his former team, posting 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals, albeit in a 114-111 defeat.

New York is hoping Kidd gets healthy and gets back on the court for a Knicks team that has largely surprised in the early going of the season.

Ronnie Brewer will start at shooting guard for the time being until Kidd can return to the floor. The 27-year-old has averaged 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the field and 42 percent from downtown in 22 minutes per game this season.


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