Carter was traded from Orlando to Phoenix two weeks ago but has had to sit out due to swelling in his knee. The Suns have lost three straight and need what Carter — the motivated version of Carter — can bring to the table. The shot creation from the wing, the outside threat. The Suns currently sit as the 11 seed in the West, just a game-and-a-half back of the Rockets and Trail Blazers tied for the eighth seed.
Carter has practiced the Suns offense but this is the first time he will run it full speed in a game, however his comments to the Republic sound like a guy who is trying to fit in on and off the court.
“I’m one of those guys who asks a lot of questions anyway, not only for myself but for the other new guys to help our transition and make it a little easier,” Carter said. “I’ve always prided myself on not only learning the offense but understanding the ins and outs of it so I can help other guys out.
“I guess it’s a (North) Carolina thing. Grant (Hill, of Duke) wouldn’t know about that.”
Marquese Chriss blocks Bobby Portis, who gets testy (video)
The time off during the All-Star break did Dwyane Wade some good.
The Bulls guard turned back the clock on Friday night, leading the Bulls with 23 points and topping it off with this dunk that proved to be the dagger, sealing a Chicago win. The Suns were convinced Wade was going to run the shot clock way down before making his move and they lollygagged into position — so he just blew past everyone for the poster slam.
With a couple of minutes left to go in the second quarter, Isaiah Thomas made the steal when DeMar DeRozan lost the ball on a drive, and Thomas was off to the races. Trying to prevent a lay-up, Carroll decided to foul Thomas far from the basket, but did so with a forearm shove that sent Thomas sprawling on the ground.
When Stephen Curry wore a headband through the All-Star Game last weekend, West coach Steve Kerr jokingly called him “Seth” all night.
Dallas’ Seth Curry came out of the week-long break playing like an All-Star. He dropped 31 on the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night, a career high for him. He hit 13-of-17 from the field, including three from beyond the arc, but did a lot of his damage in the midrange.