I'm mailing it in this morning. I feel like Johnny Cash
here here. Be on the lookout for my Thabeet in the D-League recap later today.
Dakota Wizards 104, Los Angeles D-Fenders 102 (Box Score)
- Stat of the game: Romel Beck had 17 points in the first quarter. He finished with 23 after inexplicably being bench for nearly the entire second quarter. Still, his team won, so it didn't really matter.
- What you can't see in the box score: Renaldo Major dominated this game when it mattered. Clutch play on both ends when it counted - check the highlights.
- Line of the game: Michael Fey had 20 points and 13 rebounds while matching up with Hasheem Thabeet. Fey averages 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds on the season. I'll explain later.
- Obligatory Ryan Forehan-Kelly mention: His hair looks ridiculous. Also, he benefited from being the D-Fenders fourth tallest player and thus being defended on the perimeter by Dakota's Boo Jackson. Not surprisingly, Forehan-Kelly was open quite a bit and finished with 21 points - good effort.
Sioux Falls Skyforce 99, Maine Red Claws 98 (Box Score)
- Interesting thing about this win: Sioux Falls is undefeated in three games without Reggie Williams. Methinks it has to do with some solid coaching - they've also won eight straight on the road.
- Yeah, he deserves a call-up: Alexander Johnson had 31 points and 19 rebounds (8 offensive) off the bench. In 11 games off the bench, he's AVERAGING 30 minutes, 23.8 points and 11.2 rebounds. Wow.
- People that say "well it's the D-League, that'll never translate" don't really know what they're talking about: Marcus Landry, in his first game on assignment from the Boston Celtics, had eight points, four fouls and two turnovers in 14 minutes of action. That line actually makes him look better than he actually played.
- Sweetest name in this game: Leemire Goldwire. Also, he has the worst profile picture in the history of D-League.com. And was clutch.
I didn't watch the other two games. Zombie Fort Wayne (No Rob Kurz, Jared Reiner, Ron Howard, etc.) gave a great effort in Tulsa, but ultimately ended up on the losing end. Reno won by 29 points, but it was against an already terrible Springfield team that dressed just eight guys (and not Justin Hawkins, their best player in my eyes).