Vince started off hot, dropping 19 in the first quarter. But then Jordan figured out Vince, and held him to 0 points and 4 total shot attempts in the 2nd half. His off-ball D was a huge part of limiting Vince's opportunities
In 2001/02, Vince averaged 25.8 ppg on 43% through 48 games before an injury against the Spurs, and had averaged 30-6-6-2-2 on 47% against the Sixers Top 5 Defense in the 2001 ECSF.
"Michael withstood that 19 point flourish early, and came in
and locked in," Collins said. "Michael didn't run away from a
defensive challenge, and that's why he's the best."
Hamilton, who has been outscoring Jordan during Washington's
wining streak, scored 11 points in the third quarter as the Wizards
outscored Toronto 27-16.
Collins asked Jordan to guard Carter because Hamilton became
frustrated when he had to guard Carter in the preseason.
"In the preseason Hamilton guarded Vince, and Vince had 27 in
the first half and Hamilton had nothing, and it really messed with
Hamilton," Collins said. "I asked Michael before the game 'Will
you guard Vince?', so that will free up Hamilton to be more
offensive minded. Michael said, 'Not a problem.' "
"Vince hit a lot of great shots in the first quarter, but
Michael did an excellent job on him," Hamilton said. "He's one of
the greatest defenders in the game."
"It took me a whole quarter just to understand what his
tendencies are, and how I could take his rhythm away," Jordan
said. "We wanted to shut him down as much as possible and make the
other guys hurt us."
Once again, Michael Jordan showed us why he is one of the best defensive players in the NBA History. Recently, we showed you duel between Michael Jordan and Paul Pierce, and now you can watch 2nd half and see the best players ever against Vince Carter.
It's easy to imagine Michael Jordan in this era against LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade. He could be DPOY every year, no question about it.
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