Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd thought he might have suffered a major injury Friday night when he said it felt like somebody kicked him in the calf. That description, Kidd said, sent up red flags for the team's medical staff.
"They were a little nervous I had torn the Achillles or something because that's, I guess, the common theme when you say you got kicked in the back of the calf," Kidd said. "I'm just happy it was just a strain."
The injury was diagnosed as a right calf strain and will keep him sidelined for at least a week, but likely longer, Mavs Coach Rick Carlisle said.
Kidd missed Monday's 122-99 win at the Steve Nash-less Phoenix Suns, his first absence because of this injury and fifth of the season. He missed four games earlier in January with back spasms. Kidd, relieved the injury is minor, put a positive spin on the situation, saying that it will be good for third-year guard Rodrigue Beaubois to log the extra minute at point guard instead of his preferred shooting guard spot.
Beaubois, 23, was the heir apparent at point guard until a foot injury derailed his career last season. He has shown vast improvement lately and finished Monday's game at Phoenix with eight points and seven assists for a third consecutive game. He had just one turnover in 24 minutes.
He is expected to continue his starting role without Kidd on Wednesday night in a big Western Conference showdown when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit Dallas.
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