"Mufasa" Mustafa Shakur + Chris Richard = Big W Over Iowa

I couldn't find highlights so I figured this video of hyenas saying Mufasa would suffice.

TULSA 66ERS, IOWA ENERGY 87 (Box Score) (Highlights)

  • I've recently developed a bit of a team-crush on the 66ers.  No offense to the rest of the teams, but I just like watching Tulsa as of late (Don't worry, Erie, once you get a point guard, you'll once again be my dirty little secret).
  • Mustafa Shakur finished with 18 points, 10 boards and eight assists while getting five of his teammates involved enough to score double-digit points.  I'm actually most impressed with his rebounding numbers - Iowa's Curtis Stinson is probably the best rebounding point guard in the D-League, so to outrebound him tells me Mufasa really tried to play a complete game.  He did.
  • Chris Richard was Tulsa's other horse.  Against fellow former NBAer Earl Barron, Richard finished with 16 points, 11 boards and three blocks.  I've yet to become a big Richard fan since he entered the D-League last season, but if he can prove he can score while being a beast in the post, there's an NBA spot waiting for him.  I mean, is there that much difference between him and Joey Dorsey?
  • It's probably in the best interest of Nate Tibbetts to keep starting Cecil Brown.  Last night he went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and finished with 19 points. He shot just 3-of-9 from inside the arc, but that shouldn't be all that confusing, because he's actually been doing that the entire month (51% outside the arc compared to 49% inside).  Here's why I say they should keep starting him, though: as a starter, he's shooting 56% from beyond the arc, but just 38% when he comes off the bench.
  • Tulsa's other 3-point threat is Moses Ehambe.  I'd rally for him to start as well in the place of the disappointing Deron Washington, but he's okay with coming off the bench I guess - last night, he hit 4-of-7 from depp to finish as Tulsa's leading scorer with 21 points in 31 minutes.
  • Iowa lost just their sixth game of the season.  I'm going to attribute it to shooting 42% from the field.  Iowa will probably blame the officiating since Nick Nurse was ejected and Courtney Sims picked up five fouls in ten minutes.
  • Curtis Stinson was Iowa's lone bright spot, finishing with 18 points, six assists, three turnovers and no technical fouls.
  • Please, Mr. Nurse, Pat Carroll nor Jeff Trepagnier can defend Deron Washington and Larry Owens.  Othyus Jeffers is a great defender, but he can't be the only one on the court concentrating on defense.

MAINE RED CLAWS 82, ERIE BAYHAWKS 78 (Box Score) (Highlights)

  • Alexis Ajinca missed the game with an injury and J.R. Giddens was recalled so he could have surgery so the Red Claws were without an NBA player for the first time in awhile.  Word on the street is Paul Davis (and probably Paul Harris, actually) is set to be joining them soon.  If only Paul Pierce was able to be assigned, they'd have every NBA-type Paul except Chris.
  • I like Chris Lowe.  I'm just going to throw that out there.
  • Trey Gilder led the Red Claws with 22 points, but also turned the ball over five times.  Nice to see he's picking up the offensive load, regardless.
  • MIKE GANSEY.  I'll have some big news on the Gansey front coming soon and not just that he's a light's out shooter.  Last night he started at point guard, hit 5-of-10 from beyond the arc and finished with 21 points and six boards.  The BayHawks miss a lot when he's on the bench.
  • John Bryant came off the bench - don't ask, I have no idea why Treloar refuses to start Alade Aminu and Bryant together every game.  It's absolutely ridiculous.  Anyway, Bryant finished 12 points, 16 boards and three blocks. He absolutely neutralized Noel Felix as well.
  • Tyc Snow was not the best point guard option in the pool.  I have no idea why they wouldn't have picked up former Cleveland State point guard Carlos English.  He at least has D-League experience.
  • Check BlogTalkBayHawk in the morning.  Matt will probably have a review up by then.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers 108, Sioux Falls Skyforce 96 (Box Score) (Highlights)

  • I didn't watch this game.  David Hinojosa did.  Check his gamer.
  • I will use this space to weigh in on the Keith Brumbaugh for Jared Newson trade since I haven't done that yet.  Basically, I like it.  Once Newson gets acquainted with the Skyforce, he'll be much more productive on the court and less of a headache off.
  • Alexander Johnson is a stud.  21 points and 14 boards last night.  Go Noles.
  • Greg Stiemsma has struggled since returning from injury.  21 minutes, four fouls, three boards, three points and three blocks.  This isn't good.
  • If I were the Vipers, I'd slide Antonio Anderson full-time over to the point, pick-up Maurice Ager and play those two, along with Garrett Temple, in the backcourt.  Why not?

Austin Toros 115, LA D-Fenders 111 (Box Score)

  • Dwayne Jones had 24 points and 17 boards, Michael Fey had 25 points and 14 boards.  Fey padded his rebounds by putting back three of his own misses.
  • Diamon Simpson has 12 points and 11 boards. I'll probably do a feature on him soon.
  • I'm not contractually obligated to mention Ryan Forehan-Kelly, but he had 19 points before fouling out.  His match-up, Alonzo Gee, had 21.
  • Malik Hairston had 30 points.  I'm going to look into this in-depth one of these days.

Bakersfield Jam 137, Idaho Stampede 116 (Box Score) (Highlights)

  • My thoughts on this game will be included in the preview for the Versus rematch tomorrow night.
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