Straight Shooter

When the Phoenix Suns traded for Vince Carter last month, many people (us included) assumed that the aging superstar was coming to the desert to die. Instead, the shooting guard/small forward has improved steadily since joining the team while being instrumental in helping the Suns piece together a respectable January.

The question that remains is whether Carter can ball it up against a top-flight opponent.

Here’s your answer: On Friday, January 27, the Suns host the Boston Celtics at US Airways Center. The Celtics own the league’s second-best record and boast arguably the stingiest defense in the NBA.

Fri., Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m., 2011
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Ed Kummerer