A late situation in the game between Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs would have given Milwaukee Bucks fans a blast from the past.
With 2.7 seconds left on the clock and Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson on the free throw line, Kidd ordered Brunson to miss the second attempt with the Mavericks clinging to a 109-108 lead.
There were no timeouts left in San Antonio, so the theory would be that forcing the Spurs to bounce the ball would leave them in a situation where an all-out shot is their only option.
If Brunson had made the free throw, the Spurs would have had a more controlled situation with some time to find an exit pass that could at least bring them closer to the basket.
The only problem was that Brunson was unable to hit the iron on the free throw, still giving the Spurs the ball from the baseline.
The Mavericks have won the game, so all is well ends well …
“I probably messed him up there in the end, telling him to miss the free throw, so I owe him a point,” Kidd said after the game.
While he may have unintentionally messed up Brunson’s concentration, the idea was correct, he just wasn’t counting on him missing the circle all together.
This isn’t the first time Kidd has answered post-match questions after ordering a player to miss a free throw.
In December 2017, Kidd instructed Milwaukee Bucks striker Khris Middleton to miss a free throw with 1.4 seconds on the clock and Bucks a 119-116 lead.
“We accept the bet that someone will make it on the other side of the floor”, Kidd said. “If we made that free throw, our luck they get it in the middle of the court and we foul the 3-point shooter and it’s a four-point game. We’ll take our chances with them shooting all-out.”
No one understood why a Milwaukee defender would contest a shot to reduce a four-point deficit to a one-point deficit, but the Bucks won, so it’s okay, it ends well …
Kidd holds a 2-0 as head coach in matches that end in educated mistakes at the charity streak, so I guess you can’t complain about that.
It’s worth tuning in for though.