Hanrahan: Cartier Clutch

Hanrahan: Cartier Clutch
November 3, 2010, 1:33 pm
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Wednesday November 3, 2010 11:06 a.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
CSNwashington.com

In an instant, the Wizards went from being on the brink of a tough loss to a big momentum swinging play that helped the team get their first win of the season and of people, and it was little used swingman Cartier Martin providing the heroics.

"This is probably one of the biggest shots I have hit in my life right here," Martin said after his three pointer went down forcing overtime in a game which the Wizards eventually won 116-115. Down 106-103 with 3.1 seconds left and the Wizards with the ball at halfcourt, Martin was the second or third option in the play drawn up in the timeout but Martin got the ball at the top of the arc, fended off Sixers defender Andre Igoudala leaned in and stroked the 23-footer. "When I got it off I felt like it was going in and I was pretty confident that I could make the shot. Once I got it up I knew it was money," Martin said.

"I am not saying that he worked on that shot a lot," coach Flip Saunders said afterward on Martin's jumper. "One play can change the game," Saunders said and for the Wizards it was Martin's shot. "The main thing for me is to stay ready whenever I am called on. That's part of the reason I'm on the team my ability to make shots," Martin said.

The third year pro is still trying to find a spot in the Wizards rotation and is playing with a non guaranteed deal. Martin only played 9 minutes against the Sixers last night but that one play can only help his chances of getting more run. "It just shows that coach is confident in me and my game. You have to be mentally prepared for situations like this," Martin said.

Nick Young was actually the first option in that sequence with the Wizards down 3 points late but the ball went to Martin. "It was meant for us to get it tonight. Cartier hit a big shot. After that I said the basketball gods were looking out for us," said Young.