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Rob Kurz Was the Best Player on the Floor Last Night in the D-League

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Fort Wayne Mad Ants 108, Springfield Armor 88 (Box Score)

  • With this loss, the Armor are guaranteed to win less than 10 games this year after already securing the worst ever D-League record.  Pro basketball is back in Springfield!
  • Rob Kurz looked really good early on in the game, then didn't really have to do much in the second half as Fort Wayne pulled away.  He finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and was getting his points both inside and outside.  He played decent defense, too, but it was against the Armor so I don't know how much credit to give him for that.
  • Oliver Lafayette actually led all scorers with 26 points, but a lot of that came while being guarded by Kyle McAlarney, who was awful.  Lafayette also had 11 assists, but as with Kurz, it's hard to know how much credit to give him given the competition.
  • My point, if you haven't figured it out by now, is that the Armor are terrible.  Really, really terrible.
  • Marcus Campbell finished with a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds, but that's because he's tall.  I did see one nice spin move from him, but mostly he has trouble finishing around the rim (he needed 12 shots to get those 11 points) and just releases the ball in the general direction of the rim rather than dunking it or laying it in.
  • Ryan Ayers finished with 19 points, and I have no idea how since he missed five of his eight three-point attempts.  I did see him cutting to the basket at times, so I guess that's how.
  • I like Abdulai Jalloh; he has some scoring ability and rebounds decently for his position.  He had a poor shooting night (2-7), but he seemed to be the only Armor player who was trying at certain points of the game.

Scott's Note: The other game that was supposed to happen last night (the game that mattered)  was postponed with a new date set for Sunday.  The D-League still tweeted the following: "@nbadleague: Playoff showdown in 5 min! @tulsa66ers lead @renobighorns by 1/2 game for final playoff spot" but it was removed shortly thereafter.  Terry Vandrovec notes that this delays the playoff pairings, but at least the Tulsa 66ers are safe from whatever "weather" delayed them.