Anderson responded by scoring nine points (4-of-10 shooting), grabbing nine rebounds, and dishing out three assists in 31 minutes. In his two games as a starter, he is shooting 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) and averaging seven points, 5.5 rebounds, and two assists.
This may have been the coaching move of the series. Anderson's Game 5 -- where he was part of the unit that helped Brooklyn make their fourth quarter run and shot 57.1 percent from the field and hit on 3-of-4 from deep -- gave Kidd the confidence he could go with the Michigan State product, and it paid off. Anderson was integral in setting the pace in a do-or-die Game 6, where he dominated the glass early, and the threat of him draining a corner three kept Toronto honest.
In addition, it allowed Shaun Livingston to come off the bench, which gave Kidd more flexibility when substituting Shaun Livingston. Considering Livingston's success --particularly on defense -- against Miami this season, it will be interesting to see if this adjustment sticks, but I think it was one of Kidd's finest decisions of the first round.