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Mavericks notebook: Dallas didn't panic when Thunder mounted comeback

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: May 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm •  Published: May 22, 2011
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KIDD VS. KIDS

Despite frequently going against 22-year-olds in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the 38-year-old Kidd has more than held his own defensively.

"I'm just trying to make it tough on these guys … They can all score. Just make it tough and contest," Kidd said of facing the Thunder. "Again, I've been in the league long enough. I've been scored on. It's not like if they score it's something new. You don't let that affect you. You just keep playing."

Kidd led the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. What's the biggest difference between leading the Nets and Mavericks?

"I had to do a lot in the Finals – score, pass, defend," Kidd said. "Here, it's kind of been shortened in that I have to defend and find the open guy because I have so many guys around me who can put the ball in the basket."

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Kidd, on how his offensive numbers can look modest despite his significant contributions: "I've never been a big numbers guy. You can fudge numbers to look as good or as bad as you want. So for me, it's to help my teammates out defensively and offensively by communicating with them, telling them what I see to try and make the game as easy as possible for them."