Jason Kidd leaves game with back spasms, does not return

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Because the Mavericks needed another challenge to the start of their season…

Point guard Jason Kidd played all but the last :30 seconds of the first quarter, but when he came off the floor he went straight to the locker room not to return. While this is not likely a severe injury, exactly how bad it may be is or how many games he could miss not clear.

He will be re-evaluated on Friday, according to ESPNDallas.com. The Mavericks play again on Saturday.

“We’ll see where we are,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “It happened on a play and I don’t know which one, but it definitely happened on a play.”

This is the kind of wear and tear the Mavericks (and other veteran teams) have been concerned about — this was Dallas’ fourth game in five nights. Kidd, at age 38, has averaged 30 minutes a game coming into Thursday.

Kidd had no points and three assists in a game where Dallas was handily beaten by the Spurs, 93-71.