Kidd out of Mavericks' lineup as Dirk returns

Jason Kidd

Credit: AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez

Dallas Mavericks' Jason Kidd kisses his championship ring during a ceremony on January 25.

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 29 at 9:47 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Mavericks guard Jason Kidd will be out at least a week because of a right calf strain.

Coach Rick Carlisle said before Sunday night's game against San Antonio that Kidd would be out at least a week, and probably longer. The game against the Spurs was the first of five games for Dallas in seven days.

Kidd was wearing a sleeve over his right calf while riding a stationary bicycle before Sunday's game.

Kidd got hurt playing defense just more than 2 minutes into Friday's game victory against Utah.

The 38-year-old Kidd missed four games earlier this month because of a lower back injury. Kidd is averaging 4.1 points and 5.1 assists per game this season.

But Mavs fans will have something to cheer Sunday evening as superstar Dirk Nowitzki returns to the lineup following a planned four-game hiatus to strengthen his sore right knee and do conditioning work.

The NBA finals MVP averaged 17.5 points and 5.4 rebounds a game in starting the first 16 games for Dallas. The Mavericks went 3-1 without their 7-foot star forward.

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