MINNEAPOLIS -- He had been in a slump for most of the season, but Dallas Mavericks forward Vince Carter has been playing lights-out in six of the past seven games.
Over the last seven games off the bench, Carter is averaging 13.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He also is shooting 52.6 percent from the field and has converted 11-of-24 shots from three point-range during that span.
Carter acknowledged that he didn't change anything mechanically with his shot in order to get back in rhythm.
"I just keep shooting -- I have to be honest with you,'' Carter said after Sunday's practice at the Target Center. "It's just staying focused, staying confident.
"I think we as shooters, or players in general, when we go in a slump you second-guess yourself and what-not. I worked my butt off this summer and worked on my shot the last couple of years.''
Thus, Carter was not about to abanbon what has helped him become an eight-time All-Star.
"I believe in it, so I didn’t want to fine-tune it or do anything like that,'' Carter said, referring to his shot. "I just keep shooting and keep believing in every shot I shoot.
"There are a lot of times I shot the ball when I was missing that felt great. They just didn’t go in.''
That certainly hasn't been the case lately for Carter, who scored 18 points Saturday against Chicago -- one game after scoring 20 points last Thursday against San Antonio.
"I’m still seeing the same thing, still feeling the same way,'' Carter said. "It’s just now they’re falling.''
The Mavs (17-13) hope Carter's shot will continue to fall when they clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15) at 7 p.m. Monday at the Target Center.
-- Dwain Price
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