Jason Kidd gives gut-wrenching comment on plans for Mavericks guard's playing time

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On Wednesday, the Dallas Mavericks grabbed their fourth win in a row against the Golden State Warriors at home. In the Mavericks' last game before that, they blew out the Chicago Bulls on the road 127-92.

Against the Bulls, superstar Luka Doncic recorded his seventh triple-double in a row despite not scoring 30 points in the win. Doncic was tied for the third-longest triple-double streak in NBA history and will look to add to that streak against the Warriors.

Daniel Gafford also inched closer to breaking Wilt Chamberlain's record of 35 consecutive field goals in a row. Gafford has currently made 33 field goals in a row and went 9-9 from the floor on Monday night and 5-5 from the field on Wednesday. Gafford's 20 points and seven rebounds on Monday all but ensured fans that he has earned the starting role.

Jason Kidd gives gut-wrenching comment on plans for Mavericks guard's playing time

Despite Doncic and Gafford having amazing games on Monday night, fans have been scratching their head as to why Mavericks guard Jaden Hardy has yet to see the floor for meaningful playing time since the All-Star break.

The last time Hardy received more than 10 minutes in a game was on Valentine's Day, which happened to be the last game played before the All-Star break. Against the Spurs, Hardy scored 13 points in 20 minutes while shooting 50 percent from the floor.

Hardy has improved in almost every facet of the game, including defense and decision making.

Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd was recently asked about how Hardy could rejoin the Mavericks rotation this season, and his comments may be a surprise to fans. Hardy has become a fan favorite this season but has yet to see consistent playing time, and it looks like that won't change anytime soon.

Kidd stressed that Hardy has continued to play well despite his lack of playing time. Kidd also mentioned how deep the Mavericks are since making their trade deadline additions, and that is one of the main reasons Hardy has yet to see the floor consistently since the All-Star break and will likely continue to ride the bench.

Kidd's failure to make rotational changes has often gotten the Mavericks into some bad situations. For fans, Hardy was often looked at for getting more playing time, especially during Tim Hardaway Jr.'s recent dry spell.

Hardy has averaged 7.8 points per game while shooting 36.6 percent from behind the arc, which is why it's tough for fans to see him riding the bench. When on the floor, Hardy proved to be a trustworthy third guard off the bench.

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