Tuesday , Mar , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Carter heating up at right time

(Sports Network) – Is it safe to refer to Vince Carter’s recent play as
‘Vinsanity’ much like his days in Toronto were?

I think it’s only fair since Carter, who erupted for 40 points in a win over
Charlotte last weekend, is averaging 24.4 points over his last 10 games and
has helped New Jersey to the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Carter has been more durable than a Brillo pad this season for the Nets,
having appeared in all 70 games. If Carter doesn’t miss another outing this
season it will be the second time in his career (1999-00) that he competed in
all 82 regular-season games.

The last time a New Jersey hoopster played in all 82 games was during the
2003-04 season, when Richard Jefferson and Kerry Kittles saw action in every
contest.

Carter, the Nets’ leading scorer with 25.0 ppg, must keep his
‘Vinsanity’ approach for Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers because they
are currently a half game behind New Jersey for the final playoff
spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers play on Tuesday night
versus Cleveland and can shake up the playoff picture with a win over
the Cavs. The Nets are idle this evening.

New Jersey has won four of its last seven games and will play four of the next
six contests at Continental Airlines Arena, where it is 18-17 this season. The
road ahead is a bumpy one, however, as the Nets will take on a few tough
opponents in Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington and Cleveland.

If and when the Nets record another victory, head coach Lawrence Frank will
tie Byron Scott for the most wins in franchise history. Frank is 148-126 so
far with New Jersey, while Scott compiled a 149-139 record in his tenure.

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