Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Vince Carter is 40 years old, but no one should underestimate his defense in the paint. During Monday’s game, the San Antonio Spurs did so to their detriment.
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In the middle of the fourth quarter, Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge tried to score with a right-handed hook shot, but unfortunately for him, Carter was in the paint. The 6-foot-6 guard jumped up and swatted the 6-foot-11 power forward’s attempt. After the block, Aldridge gathered the ball and passed it to Kyle Anderson, but Carter wasn’t done. Vinsanity blocked the 6-foot-9 swingman’s layup attempt too.
After the block party, Carter’s teammates and the crowd went wild.
The defensive hold was impressive, not only because of the 8-time All-Star’s age, but because he’s only averaging 0.5 blocks per game this season. The last time Carter averaged a block per game was back in 2002-03 when he was with the Toronto Raptors.
Carter finished last night’s 89-74 defensive triumph over the Spurs with four blocks.
Carter joins an elite group of players who were over 40 years old and had four blocks in a single game—Karl Malone, Dikembe Mutombo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish.