2006_02scarter2.jpgWithout Vince Carter, the Nets become a beatable team, even at home. They made that transition Sunday in a 101-91 loss to Indiana. Carter left the game in the first quarter with an apparent hamstring injury, and the Nets could not rebound. Even with Jacque Vaughn's 12-point, 30-minute performance, New Jersey struggled to contain Indiana's outside shooters. Fred Jones and Peja Stojakovic each scorched the Nets with 22 apiece from outside.

Head coach Lawrence Frank and the Nets must hope that Vince Carter's injury isn't serious. Hamstring injuries tend to hang around, and Gothamist hopes the Nets take advantage of their record and rest him rather than rush him back when he is not 100 percent. After the game, Carter said he hoped it was just cramps, but the Nets would still serve themselves well to be cautious. Even if he misses some time, Carter could still get back in the flow of things before April's playoffs.

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