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Suns Carter Likely to Return Against Philly

Carter could make his debut Wednesday.
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By Stefan Swiat,
Posted: Dec. 28, 2010

Suns fans anxious for a little “Vinsanity” during the holiday season may get their wish just yet. After being traded to Phoenix on December 18, Suns shooting guard Vince Carter is likely to make his Suns debut Wednesday against the Sixers.

Plagued by tendinitis in his quad that has caused swelling in his left knee, Carter has been rehabbing his knee with the Suns’ training staff since arriving in the Valley. After participating in a portion of practice Monday, Carter returned to the arena Tuesday morning claiming to be both pain-free and swelling-free.

With that knowledge, the Suns training staff allowed him to scrimmage 5-of-5 in practice on Tuesday. Afterwards, he told reporters that he was pain-free once again.

“I felt good,” Carter said. “The first couple minutes were rough. I felt winded quickly, (since I’ve been) out for a while, but once I got going, I felt good.”

Carter hasn’t played in a game since landing awkwardly on his left knee on November 22 against San Antonio.

“I thought he looked ok," Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry said. "Obviously it was his first time out. He obviously brings a talent level here that is pretty special.”

The determining factor of whether he will definitely suit up will be whether Carter experiences any pain or before the game Wednesday. Coach Gentry says that if Carter was to suit up, his minutes would be closely monitored.

Since arriving in Phoenix, Carter has walked through the offensive sets, studied the plays on film and actually ran through the sets on Tuesday. The eight-time All-Star, who played under Suns assistant coach Bill Cartwright when Cartwright was an assistant in New Jersey, sought out Cartwright’s guidance with the offensive and defensive schemes.

The Suns assistant coach remembers his time with Carter in New Jersey fondly, claiming that the new Suns guard won the Nets “countless” games down the stretch during his tenure there. Coach Gentry would gladly welcome such a component to his team.

“We’re excited about him we’ll get him out there and see how long he can go (in his next game),” Gentry said. “I think he’ll eventually be what we all think he can be.”

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