Vince Carter to Raptors security personnel, ‘See you next year’
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 9, 2019
What Vince Carter means by this is unknown. Carter was reportedly planning on retiring after this season with the Atlanta Hawks. Perhaps, however, he has new plans and continuing to play with his first ever NBA franchise.
In the loss to the Raptors, the Hawks still managed to hold their own. John Collins had 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Jeremy Lin had 20 points and nine assists. Trae Young managed to add 19 with rebounds and four assists. Though Vince Carter only scored six points, his presence on the bench is worth plenty.
For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard had one of the better games of this season. He had 31 points, with four rebounds, six assists, and six steals. Pascal Siakam had 13 points and 10 rebounds, collecting a double-double. Kyle Lowry also scored 16, dished out six, and snatched away four steals.
The Raptors had 11 fewer turnovers and four more assists on the evening. They played a cleaner and a more efficient game. Even though the Hawks put up a good fight, the Raptors are clearly the better team overall. Atlanta is still rebuilding and allowing their rookie point guard Trae Young to develop.
Vince Carter, considered one of the best dunkers of all-time, has really evolved his game well as he’s aged. Once a top scorer, he now is satisfied as a low-volume spot-up shooter.