Aquille Carr plays only 8 minutes & scores 1 point after 2 straight breakout games
In Aquille Carr’s last game he scored 22 points in just 14 minutes. Within those 14 minutes he scored 10 in 3 minutes and 20 in 10 minutes. The game before that game, Carr scored 22 in just 19 minutes. With back-to-back breakout games, you would think that the Deleware 87ers’ Coach, Rod Baker, would be giving the 5’6 instant offense more PT but in last night’s 8 point loss to the Mad Ants…yes the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Carr played just 8 minutes. He had 2 assists and scored 1 point from the line and was 0 for 6 from the field. It seems Carr’s behavior and ejection in the previous game might might have outweighed the boxscore numbers.
“It’s not about him,” Baker said after the teams last loss. “It’s about us … This is part of the maturation process for him – physically and emotionally and professionally.’’
Then again it might be Carr’s playmaking decisions and shot selection that Baker had an issue with. Carr was benched in the 2nd after a missed 3-pointer and jump shot and then benched early in the 4th after a missed 3-pointer and a turnover. Kendall Marshall replaced Carr in the 4th and notched another double double with 11 and 11.
Marshall, currently ranked #5 on the Prospect Watch, was also featured on Inside Stuff this past Saturday in a segment about the player’s journey from the NBA to the D-League. There’s a part in the segment where Marshall is giving advice to Carr and I’m hoping that veteran leadership and advice sticks with Aquille.
On a side note, Chris Porter scored 11 points and grabbed 8 boards for the Mad Ants. Porter is one of my favorite collegiate players of all-time and I still occasionally watch his famous putback dunk against LSU back in 99. He was a freak of a nature with unlimited potential but one questionable decision after another led to one arrest after another and one team after another. I’m also hoping 10 years from now I wont be saying any of that about Carr.