MINNEAPOLIS -- The NBA suspended Vince Carter from tonight's game against Minnesota without pay for elbowing Oklahoma City rookie center Steven Adams during this past Wednesday's game against the Thunder.
Carter will not even be allowed in the Target Center when the Mavs (3-2) meet the Timberwolves (3-2) tonight at 7.
Knowing the rules, Carter had already resigned himself to the fact that he was going to at least be tagged with a one-game suspension.
"It is what it is -- got to move on now,'' Carter said after this morning's shoot around. "Like I said after the game (Wednesday), whatever they do I have to accept it and move forward.''
It's the first time in Carter's 1,072-game career that he was been suspended from a game. However, he did mentioned that he was ejected from a game during his second season for getting into a tussle with San Antonio's Bruce Bowen.
"I won't be making another 1,000 games, that's for sure,'' Carter said.
Carter will next play in Saturday's game in Milwakuee when the Mavs face the Bucks in the final game of this three-game road trip. As for what happened Wednesday and the suspension, Carter said:
"It's over with. It was just a reaction in the game.
"It was a battle, it was a very physical game, it just happened. Sometimes you wish you could take it back, but you can't, so I''m moving on.''
-- Dwain Price
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