Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  35 responses

The Post Up: Vinsanity

VC playing like it’s 1999!

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

It happened on a Monday night with just three games on the schedule. Vince Carter shook off every single piece of his awful January that was still hanging around, breaking out to score 48 points. 48 points on 19-for-27 shooting. In a 123-117 Magic victory and a comeback from 17 down in the second half. Yes, I’m serious. No, I was not watching old Raptors games from 2000.

It was crazy, insane and awesome. I can’t tell you the last time I saw Vince in a zone like that, or, more importantly, the last time I saw him wanting to be in a zone like that. He was hitting everything from everywhere, including six 3-pointers. layups. fadeaways that were so pretty you kinda just stood there replaying it in your mind. Hitting 40 field goals for the entire month of January, Carter connected on 19 in that single game. Crazy (word up to @bothteamsplayedhard for that little stat).

I felt young again. With the All Star game coming up this weekend, it made me think about Vince in the dunk contest in 2000. Crazy that it was 10 years ago. Now the Raps have their rookie DeMar in the dunk-in. As much as I love Shannon Brown and his ups, it would be pretty fun if a Raptor won again. Maybe I just want to have a fun story to write about.

So, yes, the Magic came back, thanks to 34 second half points from Vince Carter. What’s important not to lose sight of, however, was the performance of rookie Darren Collison in the loss. Collison just keeps on putting together big performances as he plays in place of Chris Paul. Last night he finished with 27 points, nine assists and four steals. If nothing else, he’s gotten a chance to show his stuff, build his confidence and earn some minutes, proving that the team can actually rest CP3 and give him a breather when he’s tired.

In Golden State, the Warriors fell to the Mavericks, 127-117 as the teams played each other for the second time in a week. Scary moment for Golden State when Monta Ellis got his foot caught when he came down on a drive to the basket and ended up on the floor, holding his knee awkwardly before limping off to the bench. Here’s hoping he’s okay.

Huge, huge, huge night from Jason Terry with 36 points, six rebounds and nine assists. Who says he’s better off of the bench? He looked awesome last night and the Mavs needed him. For Golden State, Anthony Morrow was showing that sweet stroke, finishing with 33 points on 12-for-20 fgs to go with 11 boards. It was an odd victory for the Mavs with Dirk attempting just nine shots and scoring only 15 points. Josh Howard and Drew Gooden combined for 49 points off of the bench. Monta had 27 and Steph Curry added 25.

Thought it was pretty cool to hear Mark Cuban say Rodrigue Beaubois is all but untouchable yesterday. I’m with that. I think he’s got a shot to be a really special player in the league. He’s so long and quick. My first memory of Beaubois will always be from summer league when a heckler in the crowd yelled to Brandon Jennings that he wasn’t even the best #3 on the court. The other #3 was Beaubois, of course.

With Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum out of the game, the Lakers were still able to stifle the Spurs, 101-89. Pau Gasol had a fantastic game, finishing with 21 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists and five blocked shots. Not too bad, right? My goodness. This also happened on the evening when Popovich called Gasol the most skilled bigman in the game. Ouch for Tim Duncan having to hear that. It was true last night, though. Lamar Odom had 16 points to go with 10 rebounds.

For the Spurs, Duncan finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds an assist and four blocked shots. Richard Jefferson continued to not be very good, shooting just 2-for-9 from the floor. DeJuan Blair added 11 points off of the bench and McDyess added 15 boards.

Now, I think I speak for a lot of us when I say, where the hell is Monta Ellis when it comes to this H-O-R-S-E comp? I’m all about Durant, I feel like Rondo’s got some tricks up his sleeve (at the very least, he’s a pro at banking in 3-pointers), but Casspi? I’m a big fan, but our boy better show us something in this comp.

Wow, I’m just so pumped over the performances put in last night. Pau was awesome, Jason Terry was fun and Vince was just insane. The good kind of insane.

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  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Is it fair to say that the Lakers are better without Kobe Bryant?
    Also, AWESOME performance by Vince Carter. Truly magnificent.

  • riggs

    everyone thought i was crazy picking vince up for this coming fantasy week, guess who’s laughing now (hopefully this is him turning the corner for the rest of the season though)

  • ENDS

    Half man Half Comeback

  • zabba

    Vince’s night = Fluke. Yeah, I’m calling you out Vince. Just try to average 20 for the season and I’ll take it all back.

  • Buschfire

    if he tried i’m sure he could do it… its whether or not he wants to try is the question….

  • Kadavour

    no Jukai. its fair to say that when Lamar plays the whole game, and controls the ball more than Fish, good things happen. He spaces out when he’s on the bench for extended periods. I still don’t get why we don’t see Lamar, Kobe, Ron, Pau and Bynum as a starting line-up

  • Buschfire

    man 10 years since that faithful night in 2000, damn i’m getting old… :( I look forward to seeing Demar Derozan step it up over eric gordan at least… I’m sure there will be a good battle between him and either Shannon Brown or Wallace. I don’t think Nate is gonna repeat again, he’s just got nothing left in his bag of tricks.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Kadavour: Good question. Could be due to the fact that the triangle calls for prominent spot-up three point shooters, but Fisher/Farmar haven’t REALLY been cutting it in that category. I feel that with Fisher in the lineup, there isn’t a need for Fish to get any shots… with Lamar in, you have five guys who potentially need shots. Y’know?.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Like guys can’t get in slumps.

  • michael scorn

    Vince could have easily had 50, but he kept being the inbounder when the other team was trying to foul. It’s like he didn’t want to score 50 even though he took about 6 straight shots in the last 3 minutes to get to 48.

  • luv2ball

    @Kadavour Kobe and Ron-Ron don’t have the foot speed to stay in front of PG’s for extended periods of time (anymore) if they went with that lineup. (Neither does D-Fish lol) LO can’t stay in front of SF’s either. However, that is a great situational lineup; Lamar would be the main facilitator (as he always is when he is in the game) and they would be able to pound people on the glass. Jukai already mentioned the lack of spacing with that lineup; teams would just pack it in making it hard to operate in the post and run the offense.

  • michael scorn

    @Jukai- I hope the Lakers don’t figure that out, or they will win the next 4 championships by not playing Kobe….according to that philosophy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    lol I was waiting for Jukai or someone to mention it.
    They should just not sign Kobe or Bynum. Pick some good players up from the D-League … I mean, Kobe and Bynum are just useless!!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    What kind of lures are the Spurs and Celtics using? Cause they’ve both gone fishing for a while.

  • Joe

    When was the last time Vince and Peja both led their teams in scoring on the same night????

    Talk about turning back the clock, Peja was in a Sac-town zone, and Vince was in Toronto zone.

  • T-Money

    jukai: because that would be a terrible defensive line-up. a journalist asked that question to jax before the season and he shot it down with the quickness. you don’t want kobe running around chasing point guards and jax has made it clear that he doesn’t want odom defending 3s. the lakers are long and skilled but they’re pretty slow. / not to be a party pooper but vince wasnt exactly leaving defenders in the dust, he was hitting fadeaways with defenders on him. i’d be VERY surprised if he could keep that up.

  • LA Huey

    Just out of curiousity, how often was Vince taking it into the lane. His problem’s been that he settles for Js too much. If he’s still doing that, this is just an abberation. It won’t last long. Kinda like Dwight hit his free throws vs the Cavs in the playoffs.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    ^^Actually VC didn’t have terrible shot selection last night. He made 6 threes and 10 lay-ups. Sure, he still had some fade-away 3′s with a defender on him, but the majority of his points came from good shots.
    Also, is it just me or is Dwight starting to hit his free throws a bit more? The career stats say otherwise, but I often see box scores of 8 of 12 or 9 of 13 from him recently. Or maybe he’s a streaky free throw shooter.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: I actually figured you’d put Odom straight at PG. Magic Johnson style. You’d have Bynum and Gasol manning the paint, if a PGs gonna try and drive, he’d better be throwing up floaters.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    LOL @ Russ on Twitter:
    PDcavsinsider: “Cavs-Nets injury updates, lineups & preview. Delonte West likely won’t play, three Nets starters questionable”
    russbengtson: “@PDcavsinsider Let’s face it, all the Nets starters are questionable. Oh, you mean health-wise. Nevermind.”

  • T-Money

    bynum and gasol ‘manning’ the point is a bit of an exaggeration. i mean, that’s what they’re doing right now and you see little guys like brooks and ty lawson penetrate at will vs LA. odom is excellent at snatching board and running the break but ive never really seen him bring it up and set the the team up. i don’t see jax doing at all.

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    Uh oh. Vince has proven he can still put up points like a monster. Having shown everyone how great he could still be, he will now ease up and jog slowly up the court thinking about how awesome he is for 30 or so games.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    lets not forget vince took over sunday at boston and carried orl to the win. 48 pts on a back to back? crazy. dwight hitting bank shots will make him an mvp. the spurs need marcus camby.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360

    Exceptional, stellar performance that serves more as a poignant reminder of the tragedy of VCs professioanl career, and how he isn’t bothered about it, than as indicator of the man’s brilliance.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Jukai was that a joke?
    The ONLY thing keeping the Lakers from getting dismantled by tougher, grittier, and deeper teams is because they’ve got the best player in the league.
    Okay please don’t turn this into a debate on who’s the best player. You know what I mean.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Also Jukai, its not about point guards being able to shoot in the paint over Bynum and Gasol (which they still can). If Odom or Kobe or Artest can’t stay in front of the quick point guards, they’re going to split the defense. If Bynum or Gasol go out to help they leave their man open… Didn’t you see Aaron Brooks dancing circles around Derrick Fisher and shooting “around” Pau Gasol?
    The Lakers’ big men are not defensive juggernauts. They’re very good to have in the paint but by no means are they Deke Mutombo or Dwight Howard.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    he back! half man half 7 for 25 from the field. im joking, vince is great!

  • fizzbuster

    @Jukai: You joking: They win over the Blazers and the ever-worsening Spurs and you say they’re better without Mamba? Get a grip dude.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    YES i was joking about a) Kobe being better out of the lineup and b) Odom playing point guard (it was a play on an old SLAM cover).
    C’mon guys…

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Dwight Howard has been hitting a lefty hook shot with alarming regularity these past few games. Might this be the beginning of him being an unstoppable offensive center? Stay tuned. Oh and Dajuan… NICE Shoes.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Its trade season! I love this time…Is it strange that I look forward to the draft much more then the 1st round of playoffs? Heres a good trade for you guys… Det.- R.Hamilton to Dallas for J. Terry… I think would help both teams.. Or go major and add s.f.’s Prince and Josh Howard… whadda think…????

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    also, if Ray Allen leaves Boston, he will retire with the only 1 ring…..He will not be traded for the Laker’s 2 guard… And the only teams with any hope this year are_ La, Bos, Cle, and Den… He outta stick with the C’s until the number 1 and 2 options call it quits… Do the right thing Mr. Shuttlesworth…

  • therighttoremainsalient

    tell you whats old… I was 20 in 2000…. thats old.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    @jukai – see what happens when someone without a sense of humour tries to make a joke…?
    (now THAT was funny).

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Mansonovic

    Or, alternatively, telling everyone that your own joke was funny = misguided.