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Last Night in the D-League, Where Greg Stiemsma Happened

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Greg Stiemsma getting his block on, courtesy of a clearly disgusted Marcus Campbell. (Photo by Dave Eggen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Greg Stiemsma getting his block on, courtesy of a clearly disgusted Marcus Campbell. (Photo by Dave Eggen/NBAE via Getty Images)

I'm working on some other projects, and I don't know who really reads my bulleted recaps, so I'm going to make this quick as usual.

Sioux Falls Skyforce 107, Springfield Armor 105 (OT) (BOX SCORE)

  • Yesterday in the comments, the appropriately named Skyforcefan said that the numbers were way off, and that Greg Stiemsma actually had a triple-double.  Well, last night, he went out and picked up a true triple-double with 20 points, 14 boards and 10 blocks.  It was against the Armor, but still, that's a huge freakin' game.
  • Reggie Williams had 22 points and seven assists.  Williams is one of only two guys in the D-League that I'm disappointed in when he doesn't drop 25+.
  • Morris Almond also had 22 points, he's the other player that shocks me when he doesn't score at least 25 points.  Not sure whether I should attribute this to their defense on each other or just two off nights.  Still, something to consider.
  • Here's why Springfield is 1-10.  JamesOn Curry, masquerading as the starting point guard, shot 10-for-23, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. 27 points and eight assists are nice, but if I'm Dee Brown, I'd dunk between my legs without looking prefer my point guard be more of a, well, point guard.

Iowa Energy 100, Erie Bayhawks 95 (OT) (Box Score)

  • I'm letting Cartier Martin handle the recap on this one.  Martin finished with 25 point on 7-of-16 shooting.
  • After reading that, if you were wondering ""new would nut up at the free throw line missing both freethrows..", it was Martin Zeno.
  • Curtis Stinson had 23 points, nine assists, seven turnovers, four steals and zero technical fouls.  I'm going to consider this a good line.
  • Donnell Taylor had 25 points, 10 boards and five turnovers in 56 minutes.  Probably his best game of the season, actually.

Bakersfield Jam 115, Maine Red Claws 98 (Box Score)

  • Bad day for Maine assistant Randy Livingston.  First his Saints lost to the freakin' Buccaneers and then his Red Claws lost to the freakin' Jam.
  • Trey Gilder is the bomb like tick, tick.  Gilder finished with 28 points and seven boards, playing solid defense on Amara Sy.
  • Lester Hudson finished with 21 points, five boards and five assists.  He also seems to be taking the Billy Walker route on his 3-pointers.  2-for-7 isn't good, but he's working on it!
  • Jeremy Wise was the lone bright spot for Bakersfield, finishing with 24 points and shooting 9-of-15 from the field.  Odd that their best player is a guy that they picked up off the street, no?

Fort Wayne Mad Ants 96, Dakota Wizards 90 (Box Score)

  • The Wizards battled back to lead, then had another fourth quarter collapse.  After not scoring for six minutes, the Mad Ants went 8-of-9 from the floor, 3-for-3 beyond the arc and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe to end the game.  Wizards finished 4-for-13.
  • If you were wondering why I said "another", the Wizards have ended games in the following manners this season to lose a game they previously led: 14-3 against Maine; 21-2 against Utah; and 20-9 against Iowa.
  • Ron Howard had 29 points and played some solid defense.  He needs more love than he gets.
  • Jared Reiner finished with 22 points and 19 boards.  I'm not shocked - Dakota's been terrible on the boards and Reiner is a beast.
  • Speaking of terrible on the boards, Rob Kurz finished with 23 points, 13 boards and three blocks.  From that line, you'd suspect he's not a perimeter player.
  • For more analysis, including a creepy video blog I wanted to embed, check out Mad Ants president Jeff Potter's Blog.

Tulsa 66ers 100, Reno Bighorns 95 (Box Score)

  • Zabian Dowdell (yes, that Zabian Dowdell) came off the bench, hit 10-of-11 from the field to finish with 25 points in 21 minutes.
  • DJ White had 22 points, nine boards and three blocks.  This is how NBA players should play in the D-League.
  • BJ Mullens had 16 points and eight boards as well.  Looks the Thunder's back-up big men are serviceable D-League big's, so that's... something.
  • Desmon Farmer had 34 points, going into full-blown "Will Conroy look at my box score, call me up" mode.  Six boards, six assists, five turnovers and the loss rounds out the big numbers.
  • Russell Robinson shot 50% from the field and turned the ball over just four times.  He also dished just one assist.  He's slipping away each day.
  • Reno is struggling because of Eric Devendorf.  This is a fact, I think.

Albuquerque Thunderbirds 115, Los Angeles D-Fenders 111 (Box Score)

  • Carlos Powell had an efficient 40 points on 23 shots.  He pitched in six boards, four assists and four steals to outweigh his five turnovers.  He's going into call-up mode as well.
  • Joe Crawford had 24 points with an injured hand.  Good to see him playing again.
  • I've only got two bullets for this game because it was essentially a one-man show.