(Dr.Pepper Arena, Frisco, TX) The Maine Red Claws went to Frisco, Texas hoping to earn their first win since beating New Mexico in the Showcase on January 11th. But, while in Frisco, the Claws lost the first game of two to the D-League’s brand-new Texas Legends. The final was 116-102. That gave Texas a 11-11 record, while sending Maine to its fifth straight loss.
The big issue for Maine in this game was the middle game; quarters two and three. They were outscored by the Legends 65-38, and Maine shooting was dismal. Their interior defense and interior offense during that stretch that made keeping the first quarter lead impossible.
Also, for the game, Texas blocked nine Maine shots, while Maine blocked nothing.
But, other than shooting and rebounding, Maine had a better game than the passed few games. They seemed to play with more energy. They handled the ball very well for them, which meant only eleven turnovers (with an average of over 20 a game). They also committed less fouls, which means they moved their feet on defense, as opposed to getting beat and then swiping for the ball.
That is a lesson to the kids out there: a good defender is one who can move.
DeShawn Sims led the way with 31 points and eight boards (to accompany eight three-pointers, which is insane). Semi-newcomer Avery Bradley scored 20, dished out five assists, and three steals. Very newcomer Antonio Anderson only scored four points and grabbed two steals in his 21 minutes, but he showed a few moves that proved his acquisition was a good one.
Also, James Cripe scored… on two free throws. Good for him!
As mentioned before, Maine does have one more game in Texas before coming home. The Claws will play the Legends on Monday at 8pm EST.
Thanks for perusing this update by the Red Claws Examiner. Want automatic updates on the Red Claws? It’s easy, just hit subscribe. Thanks!