Jason Kidd & New Jersey Nets Control Boards, Slow LeBron James, & Beat Cleveland Cavaliers In Game Three
Jason Kidd has done it again. The all-world lead guard had another triple-double game, leading his New Jersey Nets to a game three win over the Cleveland Cavaliers … Cleveland still leads the series 2-1, but they were held off the glass and Lebron James was held in check … And how does J-Kidd’s size allow him to excel? … Get your game three recap and analysis right here …
What Happened: It was a typical effort. The Hall of Fame point guard tallied 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 assists, helping his defeat the 95-86 on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, New Jersey cut Cleveland’s lead in the series to 2-1. And Kidd’s 11th playoff triple-double moved him into second place on the career list.
and each chipped in with 23 points, while Mikki Moore had 11 points to go with five rebounds.
led the Cavaliers with 23 points, while had a quiet 18 points.
But game three was all about Kidd. On offense, he attacked the basket, drew the defense, and then found the open man. He also challenged teammates to increase their will and effort.
The Nets responded by holding James to 5-of-16 shooting and out-rebounding the Cavaliers 43-30.
Game four is scheduled for Monday in New Jersey.
Reaction of New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank on Jason Kidd’s play: “He was terrific. His intensity. His ability to attack the paint. His will and doing it on both ends playing at such a high energy level. The triple-double, that is obviously such a tangible thing. He was tremendous on both ends. As a captain he set a great tone playing throughout their runs. He was obviously very, very special.
Reaction of New Jersey forward Richard Jefferson on the Nets’ rebounding: “I have to give credit to our bigs. They did a great job of keeping them off the glass. In the first two games, there were some things we were doing defensively that I think were putting us in a bad way on the offensive glass and we adjusted to that.”
Reaction of Cleveland forward Drew Gooden on the Cavaliers’ lack of rebounding: “They did a great job of keeping a body on me and Z. But at the same time we didn’t shoot the ball well and they shot the ball great, so there go the rebounds.”
My Take: Baron Davis has been the MVP of the playoffs. However, Jason Kidd has also been superb.
After game two, he challenged his teammates to step-up their play. Kidd then led by example, registering another triple-double in game three.
Kidd’s vision and passing makes him a great point guard. However, his size, Kidd’s 6-4 and 205 pounds, is also important. As a big point guard, he can grab rebounds, post smaller players, and defend most guards.
J-Kidd’s a renaissance lead-guard, capable of dominating games without scoring. Right now, he reminds me of a stockier Magic Johnson.
New Jersey finally held their own on the glass. Through the first two games of the series, they were out-rebounded 100-69. But the Nets had 13 more rebounds than the Cavaliers in game three, limiting Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to a combined 12 boards.
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