HANGTIME SOUTHWEST – Jason Kidd and Jerry Stackhouse have played a lot of games in the NBA. They’ve seen a lot of rules changes in their time and the increased use of instant replay. Stackhouse would like to see a little more.
The Brooklyn Nets’ top 3-point shooter missed his second consecutive game Friday night with a sore right knee that he hurt trying to close on Kidd’s game-winning 3-pointer Tuesday night that gave the crosstown New York Knicks the victory.
The problem Stackhouse has is that Kidd stuck out his right leg to the side as he came down, attempting to draw a foul, which he did. He also drew contact with Stackhouse, who has a history of knee ailments and went careening to the floor.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported that Stackhouse hopes the play will “initiate more enforcement of such calls and maybe the use of instant replay for referees to rule correctly.” She continued: “Replays of Kidd’s shot show it could have been waved off as part of the NBA’s crackdown on the ‘Reggie Miller’ rule. The league is asking officials to call offensive fouls on players who kick out their feet to initiate contact during jump shots. Kidd, who fell backwards after hitting the shot, also could have been called for flopping.”
Said Stackhouse, who is likely to miss Saturday’s game against Chicago and return Tuesday: “They have that stuff as point of emphasis but not until you see it in a game, then they look it. Now it really may become a point of emphasis. Maybe we have to be the sacrificial lamb a little bit.”
While Kidd was awarded the and-1 opportunity, Stackhouse got the foul and a sore that’s knocked him out of action. Stackhouse said he’d like to see the officials given the ability to review the play and judge it off the replay.
“They can go back and see whether it was a 3-point shot or a two-point shot,” Stackhouse said. “If that’s the case, you can go back and see what really happened on the play. I would love to see us get to that point.”
If Stackhouse is back by Tuesday, it means he’ll be ready to go for Wednesday’s third meeting against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.