Vince Carter drives the Magic past the Hawks. Will he do it again?

by Jack Maidment

Ask a Toronto Raptors fan about Vince Carter and their response will be uniform.

Talented but immensely frustrating.

More than any other player in the NBA Vinsanity has a reputation for mailing in games, disappearing during important games when his team needs him the most.

Throughout his career he has earned Max money, the kind of astronomical sums that only the very best players should receive.

And yet.

The amount of money that has been spent on his services should surely have got more in return than high octane dunks and the odd explosive night of scoring.

Unless Mr Carter starts anew as of now and plays the way that his pay packet demands, that will be the legacy of his career.

Why did Orlando sign him in the summer? Because of the promise of the player that he can be.

And last night he did what Vince Carter has been doing all his career: giving you one game that will suck you back in to the belief that he can carry a team. He can be the number one option a team.

Game 2 in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals against the Atlanta Hawks was vintage.

He scored points when his team needed him to and he put away a very good team in a very important game.

For one night he is the player he should be. He produced and once again hopes are raised.

Come the next game? The hope will probably be forgotten fairly quickly as the ex Tar Heel disappears down the stretch, letting his other team mates take the pressure.

At the moment he can get away with that, but come Conference or even NBA Finals will he show up when the game is on the line and someone has to want the ball?

I guess we will have to wait and see. 

Ask a Toronto Raptors fan about Vince Carter and their response will be uniform.

 

Talented but immensely frustrating.

 

More than any other player in the NBA Vinsanity has a reputation for mailing in games, disappearing during important games when his team needs him the most.

 

Throughout his career he has earned Max money, the kind of astronomical sums that only the very best players should receive.

 

And yet.

 

The amount of money that has been spent on his services should surely have got more in return than high octane dunks and the odd explosive night of scoring.

 

Unless Mr Carter starts anew as of now and plays the way that his pay packet demands, that will be the legacy of his career.

Why did Orlando sign him in the summer? Because of the promise of the player that he can be.

 

And last night he did what Vince Carter has been doing all his career: giving you one game that will suck you back in to the belief that he can carry a team. He can be the number one option a team.

 

Game 2 in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals against the Atlanta Hawks was vintage.

 

He scored points when his team needed him to and he put away a very good team in a very important game.

For one night he is the player he should be. He produced and once again hopes are raised.

 

Come the next game? The hope will probably be forgotten fairly quickly as the ex Tar Heel disappears down the stretch, letting his other team mates take the pressure.

 

At the moment he can get away with that, but come Conference or even NBA Finals will he show up when the game is on the line and someone has to want the ball?

I guess we will have to wait and see.

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