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Vince Carter fakes injury before cutting to the basket for a two-handed slam (VIDEO)

Feb 1, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

Vince Carter taught Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes a bit of a lesson as the first half came to an end at Oracle Arena on Thursday, and we’re all a little better off because of it.

With the Mavericks playing for the last shot of the half as point guard Darren Collison dribbled down the clock at the top of the arc, Carter hung out in the corner, and appeared to be reaching down to check on an injury that may have occurred on a previous possession.

As it turned out, Carter was just fine.

Barnes checked on him a couple of times, but decided that Carter was indeed banged up and was going to sit this play out. So naturally, he went to help and double Elton Brand once he received the pass in the paint from Collison.

That’s when Carter made his move, cutting baseline and going up for the wide-open, two-handed slam dunk after receiving the perfect pass from Brand.

To be fair, Carter did appear to be in some pain, as evidenced by the fact that he made sure to come down gently from the rim before delivering his motorcycle-style celebration a little more softly than usual. But Barnes now knows that as long as a player remains on the court, he needs to be dealt with defensively — even if that player is acting like he’s too injured to participate.

[via @cjzero]

  1. cosanostra71 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    VC knows all about faking injuries.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    It’s a wily veteran move.

    To quote the commentators, it was a “Paul Pierce.”

    “Ow, I’m really hurt…..Oh, look – now I’m feeling so much better that I can dunk!”

  3. badintent - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Getting ready for his next career on TNT .Acting lessons ain’t cheap

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    We don’t call him WINCE Carter for nothin’!

    • kanemoney - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      That seemed like such a ‘dad joke’ – there are kids in the backseat of your minivan rolling their eyes somewhere

  5. thesixersbench - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    No surprise – Vince has been faking injuries his entire career. What a dog he is.

    Forget ‘Vinsanity” or “Half Man, Half Amazing”, his nickname should be Vince “Cruise Control” Carter.

    • steelyres211 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      He’ll always be “Half Man, Half a Season” to me.

      • thesixersbench - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Wow. That’s excellent. Haven’t heard that one before. Well done.

  6. 13arod - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    he still got it

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