Rest vs Rust: Kidd says rest hands down

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Credit: AP Photo / Matt Sayles

Lakers forward Pau Gasol, right, puts up a shot as Mavs guard Jason Kidd defends during the first half of Monday's game.

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by Joe Trahan/WFAA-TV

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Posted on May 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 10 at 2:20 PM

Now that the Lakers are in their rear view mirror, the Mavs could have more than a week off, depending on how the Grizzlies and Thunder settle their western conference semi-final match up.

The time-worn rest versus rust debate could ensue, but shouldn't. Not when you consider the mileage on the Mavericks' veteran legs, one vet in particular. "Yeah the guys helped me out," said Mavs guard Jason Kidd, "so we didn't have to get on a plane and go to LA."

Mavericks guard J.J. Berea says the break might hurt their play a little, but in the bigger picture,"I think its good for us. We got J. Kidd, Peja, Dirk, they like the rest." Hearing that, I couldn't help but ask, "You trying to call those guys old?"

Berea responded, "Not really...maybe a little bit."

No debate of rest versus rust, instead a chance to crack-wise on future hall of famer Jason Kidd in his 17th season.

In the post-game press conference, after sweeping the Lakers, Mavericks guard Jason Terry took his shot at Kidd when asked about the layoff, "Its good for me. How old are you Dirk," asked Jet, then he laughed, " I know its good for J Kidd."

Following the theme, I asked Kidd if there was any part of him that wants to keep playing because the team is in such a good flow. When he paused, I added, "Or are you too old for that, Jason?"

"If I was young I'd say yes we need to keep playing," said Kidd, "but I'm a little older now."

And we've seen proof that rest can do Kidd's 38 year old legs more than good.  After taking a week off near the end of the regular season, Kidd opened up the first round with a career-high six 3-pointers against Portland.

"The guys stepped up and for me to get some rest you know it could be a week before we play," said Kidd, "so you know its good."

While rest is the most important thing for a veteran group like the Mavericks, its not the only thing. An added benefit to all this time off - Maverick players can chill out in their media rooms at their homes and get an early scouting report whichever team they'll face in the Western conference finals.

"Regroup and understand we get to watch who we're going to play next," said Kidd. "And do a lot of studying and make sure we're prepared."

All in all, not bad for an old man.

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