Video: Hawks’ Vince Carter takes down Austin Rivers, gets Flagrant foul
On Monday night, the Atlanta Hawks headed to Houston to take on the Rockets. Tempers flared between the two teams in the third quarter when Atlanta forward Vince Carter landed a hard hit on Rockets point guard Austin Rivers.
Upon review, Carter was assessed with a flagrant foul for the hit.
In the video, Carter clearly brought his hand down on Rivers’ face as he went for the breakaway lay-up. Rivers went on to miss both free throws.
The Rockets ultimately won Monday night’s game by a score of 119-111.
Carter, 42, is the league’s oldest player by more than a year. He has settled into a bench role with the Hawks, averaging 6.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game while shooting 43.1 percent. He has been an All-Star ten times in his 21-season NBA career.
Rivers is much younger at 26. He has been a solid semi-regular for Houston, averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game with a field goal shooting of 40.1 percent.
This season hasn’t gone as planned for the Hawks. The team is only 20-41 after Monday’s loss, well out of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.
The Rockets, on the other hand, are having another strong season. At 35-25, they own the fifth seed in the Western Conference, two and a half games behind the fourth seed Portland Trail Blazers. According to ESPN’s BPI Playoff Odds, Houston has a 99.2 percent chance of making the playoffs. However, the system gives the team only a 1.7 percent chance of winning the championship.