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Kevin Kruger Highlights The Highlights From Last Night In The D-League

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I played basketball (outside in the glorious 73 degrees of Bismarck, North Dakota heat) instead of watching basketball last night, so this morning you're only getting highlights and a few short box-score-reading blurbs.  You're welcome?

Utah Flash 143, Rio Grande Valley Vipers 137 (Box Score)

  • Kevin Kruger was apparently the star of this game, finishing with 32 points (14 in overtime) on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and adding eight assists.  Ross Siler, beat writer for the Utah Jazz, was in attendance and tweeted afterward that "Kevin Kruger just had the kind of game that deserves a call-up."
  • Former NBAer Orien Greene had 25 points and 10 rebounds, but also six turnovers and six fouls (that means he fouled out).
  • Bennet Davis, who I would like to nominate for a most improved player award, finished with 16 points, eight boards, seven assists and two blocks from the power forward position.  With Carlos Wheeler out with a season-ending injury, Davis is going to have to keep contributing like this for the Flash to have a chance in the playoffs.
  • For Rio Grande Valley, Will Conroy shot 10-of-14 from the field to finish with 28 points and added 10 assists before fouling out.  I'd consider this a pretty good game.
  • Julian Sensley had 27 points and 11 rebounds.  This is what happens when Luke Nevill defends you and you can shoot.
  • Antonio Anderson had 25 points, seven assists, five turnovers and three steals.  He's a rookie, but he'll be 25 by the time Summer League starts.  I was going to suggest a call-up based on his upside, but seriously - a nearly-25-year-old-rookie?


Austin Toros 101, Los Angeles D-Fenders 94 (Box Score)

  • Curtis Jerrells had 27 points, seven assists, six boards and six turnovers.  I've said it before - I don't like when the point guard is the leading scorer, but they won and he's in the NBA, so we're cool, CJ.
  • Marcus Williams had six turnovers after having ZERO last game.  He also had 23 points, seven rebounds and just one assist.  Luckily Jon will be at the game tonight so he can give us a report on what exactly is going on with the point-guard-some-games-by-committee deal.
  • Dwayne Jones had 19 points and 21 rebounds, getting to the free-throw line 12 times.  I want a team to tell their team "make him earn it NOT at the line."
  • Los Angeles led 70-49 in the third quarter and lost.  This would be a bigger deal if they weren't already out of the playoffs.
  • Frank Robinson seems to have had their best all-around game with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.
  • Small forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly led the D-Fenders with 15 points, but shot just 6-of-15 from the field and 1-of-5 in LA's horrid fourth quarter.  Still, call him up to the Kings to play point guard? No thanks.