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Jason Kidd expects to return Friday

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith celebrate after Jason

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith celebrate after Jason Kidd hit a game-winning 3-pointer against the Nets at Barclays Center. (Dec. 11, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Jason Kidd shot around at practice today and expects to play tomorrow against Milwaukee after missing last night’s game with a sore lower back.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Kidd would play and would start with Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

Kidd said he didn’t have any tests done and he just got treatment on his back the past few days.

“I could have went yesterday but we felt another day's rest could only help, especially going into a back to back,” Kidd said. “We'll be playing three in four nights [but] I won't be playing three in four nights, so that helps.”

Although Kidd said he’s not concerned about his back flaring up throughout the season – yesterday’s was the fifth game he’s missed - the Knicks are going to be cautious with him.

Woodson has said he would try to keep Kidd in the 20-25 minute range per game. Kidd is all for that because he just wants to be as strong and healthy as possible heading into the playoffs.

“If he has to play me 30 or if he has to play me 20, whatever it takes to win,” Kidd said. “We're coming to the All-Star break so I'll get a couple days of rest. For the elite teams, after the All Star break we try to make that push to get your seeding an then go from there.”


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