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November 26, 2020

Vince Carter almost ruined Spurs 2014 championship run

The greatest dunker in NBA history hangs his sleeves after 22 seasons. Vince Carter started his career in 1999 with the Toronto Raptors which he enjoyed most of his time. When he was traded to the New Jersey Nets, Jason Kidd and Carter together with Richard Jefferson formed an exciting running team. The Orlando Magic signed him in 2009 after a great run that year when they made the NBA Finals. To add another scoring option with Vince Carter. Later he became a journeyman as he played with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks.

In 2014, the Spurs are on a mission after losing the 2013 NBA Finals. They recorded a 62-20 an NBA’s best that year. In the very first round, the Spurs will face a nemesis in Texas. No not the Houston, but the Dallas Mavericks with a superstar Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks give the Spurs a lot of problems in that series that reached to game seven. In the game three after splitting the first two games in San Antonio, the Spurs had a 2 point lead with less than two seconds remaining in the game. Vince Carter received the ball in the corner and made the clutch three. That gives the Mavericks a 2-1 series lead. Fortunately, for the Spurs, they win three of the next four games.

If the Spurs didn’t recover in game four of that very first round they could be one of the greatest failures in the history of the league. Thanks to Tiago Splitter for letting DeJuan Blair kick his nut in that game. They passed the Blazers in the second round and the Thunder in Western Conference Finals. Then Spurs beat the Miami Heat badly in the NBA Finals for only five games.

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