D-League Playoffs News
After leaving the Rockets' minor league squad just weeks short of them emerging as NBADL champions, is Royce White costing himself opportunities as Houston perhaps begins to run out of patience?
Nick Nurse, coach of the Rockets' affiliate RGV Vipers, has helped his team overcome obstacles en route to the NBA D-League Finals.
All four teams remaining in the NBA D-League Playoffs have a single-affiliate setup with their NBA parent clubs. Each team's NBA counterpart will also be participating in the NBA postseason. Is this further proof that the one-to-one model works best?
We preview of the first round playoff series between the Tulsa 66ers and Canton Charge.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders won the opening game of the series on the road, giving Coach of the Year Eric Musselman's team two chances to clinch the 2012 D-League Championship at home against the Austin Toros.
The NBA Development League season could end on Thursday night when the Austin Toros visit El Segundo, Calif., for Game 2 of the D-League Finals against the hosting Los Angeles D-Fenders. The Eric Musselman led D-Fenders won Game 1 in Austin, meaning the Lakers' D-League affiliate only needs to win one of their two home games to lay claim to the 2012 D-League Championship.
The 2012 NBA Development League Finals were set on Sunday night when Justin Dentmon and the Austin Toros handily defeated the Canton Charge. The Toros will take on Elijah Millsap and the Los Angeles D-Fenders, who've been waiting for their opponents since sweeping the Bakersfield Jam.
Los Angeles swept the Bakersfield Jam in the semifinals, handily advancing to the three-game championship series with a 109-90 victory on Saturday night. Elijah Millsap scored 23 points to go with his four steals while Mardy Collins came off the bench to play one of his better games of the season, scoring 23 to with nine assists for the former first round pick.
The first round of the NBA Development League Playoffs didn't go quite as your's truly predicted considering just one of the four series went the way that I had planned. My list of excuses regarding the errant picks is long, but let's instead get to quick looks at the semifinals games prior to Thursday night's tip-off in each of the two series.
The NBA D-League Playoffs are currently going happening. This weekend's top stars included Luke Harangody, JamesOn Curry and Trey Johnson.
A rough first quarter puts the defending champs in a 1-0 hole. heading to Los Angeles.
One of the fun things the D-League does is the "Pick Your Opponent" playoff format, allowing the top seeds to pick from the remaining playoff-eligible teams as they decide who to play in the postseason.
Nick Nurse and the Iowa Energy won the 2011 NBA D-League championship over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers with a 119-111 victory on Friday night to win Game 3 of the three-game series.
The NBA D-League, in partnership with the VERSUS television network, will delay tonight's airing of the championship game between the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Iowa Energy (which will be played in Des Moines at 7 p.m.) until midnight central time so all of the fans can catch it without interruption from those other pesky primetime shows.
I wasn't able to watch the game live as the NBA Development League has decided to make the D-League Finals unavailable to watch on any format as the games are happening, but press releases (and the box score) have confirmed that the Rio Grande Valley Vipers forced a deciding Game 3 against the Iowa Energy on Friday.
Tonight the NBA Development League, the official minor league of the NBA with an innovative system that allows fans to watch all of the games online, will play Game 2 of the NBA D-League Finals between the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Iowa Energy. If you would like to watch this game live, you can't.
Earlier this week, ESPN TrueHoop's Henry Abbott opined that the NBA Development League's goaltending rules are an "absolute no-brainer" and something he believes that the NBA should adopt. I, on the other hand, am not so sure this would be such a wise idea.
The NBA D-League Finals could be determined tonight when the Rio Grande Valley Vipers head to Nevada to take on the Eric Musselman led Reno Bighorns in Game 2 of the three-game D-League Playoffs semifinal series.
The Iowa Energy are headed to the NBA Development League Finals after dispatching the Latavious Williams (and Larry Owens)-less Tulsa 66ers on Monday night to take the series 2-0. The final score was 107-94, but an 85-69 deficit at the end of the third quarter made it seem like Tulsa was just hoping to get it over with while playing their final stanza of the season.
Tonight's game between the Iowa Energy and Tulsa 66ers could answer quite a few questions: Will Curtis Stinson be named this year's D-League MVP? Will Nick Nurse finally be awarded the D-League's Coach of the Year award?
NBA D-League Playoffs: Terrel Harris Comes Up Clutch As Rio Grande Valley Vipers Defeat Reno Bighorns
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers have been known to come up with clutch shots in times of need while playing in front of the home crowd -- the reason I predicted that the home team would win -- and, in true Vipers fashion, it happened again on Sunday night in game one of their NBA D-League playoffs semifinal series against the Reno Bighorns.