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Suns' Kidd to start Game 4
Posted: Tuesday May 02, 2000 08:51 PM
ATLANTA (CNNSI.com) -- The Phoenix Suns will have the services of Jason Kidd for the first time in more than a month on Tuesday. As first reported on TNT, Kidd is in the starting lineup for Game 4 in Phoenix.
"The doctors say he's 100 percent and he's ready to go, so he's in there," coach Scott Skiles said.
The All-Star guard broke his left ankle in the Suns' 114-93 win over Sacramento on March 22 and missed the rest of the regular season.
Kidd, who led the NBA in assists at the time and was averaging 14.5 points per game, sustained the injury with two-tenths of a second left in the first half while racing the clock to take a shot.
"He's one of the best players in the league," Skiles said. "There's no reason to not starting. He's comfortable starting. He's done it his whole career. There's no reason not to. I'm going to try to keep his minutes down, hopefully around half the game or less, if that's possible. I don't want to wear him out in one game."
"Yeah, I feel good," Kidd said. "I think my body and my mind are fresh and confident. The biggest thing is, I don't want to do anything to disturb the team. I want to help the team win. The guys have been playing well without me, so we'll see what happens."
Kidd returned before San Antonio's Tim Duncan did. Duncan practiced on Monday, but said at Tuesday morning's shootaround that he wouldn't play. Duncan has not appeared in the playoffs because of a slight tear in the cartilage of his left knee.
Entering the game, the Suns led the best-of-five series 2-1
and would advance to the second round for the first time in five
years with a victory over the defending NBA champion Spurs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.