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Vince Carter is on the Magic?

Posted on: February 8, 2010 11:13 pm
 
Apparently, the Magic have acquired Vince Carter. I hadn't noticed -- until Monday night.

Let's not get too carried away with Carter's incredible display against the Hornets -- 48 points, 34 in the second half, and only three shy of his career high. This is not what the Magic had in mind when they pre-empted Hedo Turkoglu's departure by trading for Carter. They expected what they'd gotten for most of the season until now -- a former All-Star who is willing to settle into a secondary role behind Dwight Howard.

But you have to believe it was nice for Stan Van Gundy to witness this unexpected development in the Magic's 123-117 victory over New Orleans. It won't happen often, but when the Magic are slogging their way through the playoffs in a few months, getting sick to death of listening to Van Gundy yell at them about defense with that raspy voice of his, at least they'll know this: Vince Carter is still capable of taking over a game. On occasion, he is still unguardable.

Carter had settled into a mostly pedestrian existence in Orlando, deferring to younger teammates with more bounce in their legs. He hadn't been this good all year, by a lot. He hadn't warranted being a Twitter trending topic since before Twitter was invented.

I can confidently say that 48 points will be his season high; he won't do this again. But the fact that he showed that he can is every bit as important. When the Magic play Cleveland, Boston, Atlanta, or whomever else gets in the way come May and June, their opponent will have to defend Carter as though he will do that again.
 
That's why Carter will be better for the Magic in the playoffs than Turkoglu would've been. You saw merely a glimpse of his worth Monday night, and a glimpse is all it takes.




Comments

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2010 10:10 pm
 

Vince Carter is on the Magic?

agreed. Nuff said.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Vince Carter is on the Magic?

I wrote my post late last night so i'd admit, it's sloppy.  My point was simply to bash on berger.  I can't stand half his news.  I was trying to point out that all those players stats have dipped down for the good of the team.  King James is NOT a ballhog.  I was simply stating that even if he DID hold the ball on every possession he couldn't win a championship alone.  Does that help?  And also, 3 outta 7 players is not that bad if you ask me.  Artest is on his way...Hahaha, back tracking much? Couple things I would like to add. First, if you can't stand half his news, then don't read his blog.. just go somewhere else to get the news and stop wasting time making these unnecessary posts. As far as this "3 outta 7" is not that bad, it certainly does nothing to help prove your initial claim that big names moving to top contending teams equals NBA titles. Also, if we're going to do this list, don't forget guys like Malone or Payton (remember the Lakers?) who would further hurt your point.



Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Vince Carter is on the Magic?

I wrote my post late last night so i'd admit, it's sloppy.  My point was simply to bash on berger.  I can't stand half his news.  I was trying to point out that all those players stats have dipped down for the good of the team.  King James is NOT a ballhog.  I was simply stating that even if he DID hold the ball on every possession he couldn't win a championship alone.  Does that help?  And also, 3 outta 7 players is not that bad if you ask me.  Artest is on his way...



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Vince Carter is on the Magic?

Berger you are so gay looking it's disturbing. Are you a punk or what? You sure look like one.... Regarding your dumb blog, just shut up and learn the game.
Peace!
Give me a break with this post. Calling the guy names. Grow up my man. Berger's right Carter isn't relevant and won't help the Magic win the title. He will probably have something better to do. He'll probably have to fly to NC to pick up his laundry on game day or something.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2010 11:19 am
 

Vince Carter is on the Magic?

If Carter can follow this performance up with a solid 20-something points for the next week or so, he will definitely impact how their opponents defend them.  Until his 48-point evening, defenders gave him lots of space.  They won't be able to continue to do that if he is popping with any consistency.

Along these lines, Carter may be able to begin to do something I'm not sure he has ever been able to do:  make his teammates better. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2010 11:01 am
 

Vince Carter is on the Magic?

So Vince Carter is alive!

Was fun watching him last night, he was certainly on fire.  And yes, for the most part he has been fairly invisible this season.  The Magic didn't get the guy who can take over a game like they thought - until last night.

If Vinsanity is back then it should make for a fun 2nd half of the season in the Eastern Conference.


sman1965
Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2010 8:58 am
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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2010 7:42 am
 

Vince Carter is on the Magic?

Speaking of hating posts...
You write a post plugging Vince Carter, and then call LBJ a ballhog? What is that pathetic 2.8 assists/game stat worth, when LeBron averages 8.2 (6th in the league)? And LBJ is a small forward, not a guard.

Meanwhile, what DOES happen when big names move to top contender teams? You listed seven players as examples, and three of them haven't won a damn thing. If you count Shaq twice -- once for his move to the Heat and another to the Cavs -- then only four out of your eight big-name players have won a ring since they changed teams.

Weak post, dude. Weak.
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Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2010 6:36 am
 

Yes Hamberger. Carter wants a CHAMPIONSHIP!

Yeah Berger...  I can't believe u haven't notice his 17.7 ppg, 4.4 rebs, or 2.8 ast. in only 30 min/g!  He's TRYING to win a championship by being a role player because not even King James could ballhog enough to earn a ring.  Let's see...  What happens when big names move to top contender teams, again?  Does Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson, or Shaquille O'Neal help you out?  I HATE your posts!!!


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