Magic need Carter to step up game

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 PM ET

The good news for Vince Carter is that he made a three-pointer in Orlando’s close-out game against the Bobcats.

The bad news for Carter is that it was his first and only three-ball in Orlando’s four-game sweep.

For a team that relies on its three-point shooting, Carter has to be more effective when looks are presented.

When one looks at Carter’s numbers, he has to be more efficient as the Magic prepare for the second round.

Against Charlotte, Carter averaged 15.5 points and 2.0 assists. He averaged 6.8 trips to the line and went a miserable .357 from the field, including a wretched .059 from beyond the three-point arc.

Here’s a quick look back at Carter’s playoff history, which has never involved an appearance beyond the second round.

Ascension as Air Canada

As a Raptor, Carter’s first post-season in 2000 was best summed up when he deferred to Dee Brown in New York; Knicks swept T.O. in three straight; the following spring, Carter exploded, helping the Raptors beat Knicks; the defining moment came in the next round when he nailed an NBA-record eight three-pointers in a row en route to 51 points against Sixers; his potential buzzer beater in Game 7 wouldn’t drop.

Net Gains

As a member of New Jersey’s Big Three ­ — Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson being the others — Carter appeared in three straight post-seasons (2005-07); in the spring of 2006, Carter averaged 29.6 points, a career-playoff high, while shooting a career-playoff high .463 from the field; that same spring he averaged 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 points, but Nets lost in five games in the second round to the eventual NBA champion Heat.


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