Nets' Carter sprains ankle attempting dunk against Celtics

Updated: November 11, 2007, 9:58 AM ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eight-time All Star guard Vince Carter sprained his right ankle late in the third quarter and was forced to leave the New Jersey Nets' game against the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Vince Carter

Carter

X-rays taken Saturday night at the Meadowlands came back negative, but Carter's status for Monday's game against the Hornets remains uncertain. He'll likely have an MRI on Sunday.

"I don't know, we'll see what happens," said Carter, who was wearing a nearly knee-high boot on his right foot after the game. "I'll see how it feels tomorrow and we'll go from there. I don't want to put a timetable on it."

Carter drove the lane for a big slam dunk with 1:23 to play. His left foot came down, but his right foot rolled after landing on the foot of Celtics forward Paul Pierce.

Carter lay on the court for a couple of minutes before slowly going straight to the Nets locker room.

Carter's teammates had differing views on the severity of the injury.

"I don't think he'll even miss a game. We have off tomorrow. He'll get treatment all day. Stay off it so we got a good 48 hours before we have to play," said Richard Jefferson, according to the New York Post.

New Jersey's Darrell Armstrong had a more gloomy outlook.

"Hopefully he won't miss time, but it looked like he might miss 2-3 games, maybe more than that," Armstrong told the paper. "You just wish him the best and hope he gets back as quickly as possible."

Jason Kidd told the New York Daily News he didn't know what to think about the injury.

"It's just one of those freak accidents that you hope is not bad," Kidd said. "It could be severe, it could be mild."

Carter, who signed a four-year contract valued at about $65 million in the offseason, had 17 points before being hurt.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.