I was thinking about starting to do some nightly game recaps back here at Ridiculous Upside if people promised to read and comment on them just because I can't highlight everyone's solid performances over at AOL FanHouse. Anyone interested?
Anyway, the reason I decided to post over here this morning was to bring attention to Boston Celtics assignee Avery Bradley and his game against the Maine Red Claws last night.
Against the Tulsa 66ers, the hottest team in the D-League as they went into the night with a 14-game winning streak, Bradley's defense came up big as he recorded nine steals to go with 14 points, seven assists and a team-best +13 in 39 minutes as the Red Claws starting point guard.
Though his shooting was a bit off (4-of-13 from the field) and his six turnovers were a bit alarming, the fact that he made all five of his free-throws -- including a pair to put the Red Claws up three with 3.8 seconds left in the game -- was definitely put in the 'postiives' column.
The Red Claws also got another solid game out of DeShawn Sims as he scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots while hitting 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. The knock on him is he doesn't really have a position (he can't play the '4' in the NBA like he is with the Red Claws), but it wouldn't shock me to see an NBA team give him a look before the end of the season. Fellow rookie big man Tiny Gallon also had a nice game with 20 points and 11 rebounds against Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Cole Aldrich.
As for the 66ers, who were missing starting point guard Tweety Carter for reasons unbeknownst to me, Jerome Dyson had 27 points off the bench but countered that with eight turnovers of his own(most going to Bradley, as one might assume). Other studs for the 66ers included Elijah Millsap (23 points, seven rebounds) and Aldrich (20 points, 16 rebounds).
Other games on Sunday in the D-League
Dakota Wizards 96, Sioux Falls Skyforce 90 (Box score)
Texas Legends 111, New Mexico Thunderbirds 102 (Box Score)
Utah Flash 103, Austin Toros 82 (Box Score)
No highlights available for this game. Sorry, Pape Sy fans!