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League-leading Red Claws home Friday and Saturday

The first place Maine Red Claws (9-2 and off to the best start in franchise history) host two Atlantic Division rivals this weekend. On Friday night, the Red Claws entertain Orlando Magic affiliate the Erie Bayhawks (5-6) at 7 p.m. Erie's roster includes Seth Curry, younger brother of NBA /Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry and son of former NBA player Dell Curry. Seth Curry played in two NBA games during his rookie season in 2013-14.

The Red Claws take the floor again on Saturday (also at 7 p.m.) to host the Westchester Knicks (5-7).

The Claws unbeaten at home and winners of five consecutive games, have the best record in the entire D-League. Each of the four division winners in the 18-team league, and four "wildcards," teams with the next best records regardless of division, will qualify for the playoffs.

Rookie point guard Tim Frazier leads Maine in scoring (15.5 points per game), assists (7.5 per game) and steals (2.2 per game). The 6-foot, 1-inch Penn State product also is the team leader with 53 foul shots made (almost twice as many as the next highest player) hitting 80 percent of his free throws along with a Rajon Rondo-like 6.5 rebounds per game. Frazier was named D-league Performer of the Week for the week ending on Dec. 7, just the sixth Red Claws player ever to receive this honor, and the first since Chris Wright in the 2012-13 season.

Returning Red Claw Chris Babb is second in scoring at 14.9 ppg. and leads the team in minutes played (35.9), and 3-point shots made (at a 41.7 percent clip). The 6-foot, 5-inch Babb, who played for two years at Penn State (team-mate with Tim Frazier in 2009–10) before transferring to Iowa State, played in 14 games for the Celtics last season, following his promotion from Maine.

Forward Christian Watford is third in scoring at 13 points per game and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game and an 84 percent success rate at the foul line. The 6-foot, 9-inch Indiana product is in his first D-League season. Watford has missed the last three games with a lower leg injury. His status for Friday and Saturday's games is unknown.

Maine is under the direction of new coach Scott Morrison, who spent the 2013-14 season as a Red Claws assistant. This is the sixth season that the Celtics have used the Red Claws as their NBA Development League affiliate and the third in which Boston is Maine's sole NBA affiliate with full control over the team's basketball operations.

Radio broadcasts of each game can be heard live on WJJB 96.3 FM with Chris Sedenka (play by play) and Rick Simonds (analysis) calling the action. Sedenka, a 1999 Gorham High graduate, is a former co-host of the PM JAB sports talk show. Simonds was a very successful basketball coach at St. Josephs College, winning 11 conference titles in 23 years.

Maine Red Claws
Yearly Win/Loss Record
2010 27-23 (15-9 at home)
2011 18-32 (13-11 at home)
2012 21-29 (11-13 at home)
2013 26-24 (13-11 at home)
2014 19-26 (13-12 at home)
2015 9-2 (5-0 at home)

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 00:09

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Red-hot Red Claws attracting attention, home on Sunday

The first-place Maine Red Claws, NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, have drawn Celtics management and players to Portland recently to see the team play. The Claws (7-2), unbeaten at home and winners of three consecutive games, have the best record in the entire D-League.

Celtics' President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, was in town last Thursday to watch the team and particularly Celtics assignees James Young and Dwight Powell in action. Ainge participated in the popular Lobster Pot Toss game (held on center court during a time out) and jumped to his feet in victory when his second attempt hit the target.

Current Boston players Evan Turner and Gerald Wallace came to the next game on Saturday. They both lingered following the game, after carefully examining the final stat sheet. Turner, the No. 2 overall NBA draft selection in 2010, has flourished as the Celtics sixth man this year averaging 8.8 points, 3.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game (along with career high .465 field goal and 92.3 free throw percentages), since signing as a free agent this summer. Wallace, a 14-year NBA veteran in his second year with Boston, is averaging less than a point a game in limited action this season.

The Red Claws play Atlantic division foe the Delaware 87'ers (3-5) on the road Friday night, their second clash there in three days, having just defeated Delaware 117-87 on Wednesday. The Red Claws return home on Sunday to square off against division rival Canton (5-4) at 5 p.m. at the Portland Expo.

Maine is under the direction of new coach Scott Morrison, who spent the 2013-14 season as a Red Claws assistant. This is the sixth season that the Celtics have used the Red Claws as their NBA Development League affiliate and the third in which Boston is Maine's sole NBA affiliate with full control over the team's basketball operations.

Radio broadcasts of each game can be heard live on WJJB 96.3 FM with Chris Sedenka (play by play) and Rick Simonds (analysis) calling the action. Sedenka, a 1999 Gorham High graduate, is a former co-host of the PM JAB sports talk show. Simonds was a very successful basketball coach at St. Josephs College, winning 11 conference titles in 23 years.

 

Maine Red Claws
Yearly Win/Loss Record
2010 27-23 (15-9 at home)
2011 18-32 (13-11 at home)
2012 21-29 (11-13 at home)
2013 26-24 (13-11 at home)
2014 19-26 (13-12 at home)
2015 7-2 (4-0 at home)12-12-14-spts-KL-red-claws

 

PHOTO: Boston Celtics players Gerald Wallace (left) and Evan Turner attended the Maine Red Claws game last Saturday. They were seated in different areas during the contest, but enjoyed socializing with each other after seeing assigned Celtics teammates Jeff Young and Dwight Powell help Maine extend its home unbeaten streak to four games.
Turner, the #2 overall NBA draft selection in 2010, has flourished as the Celtics sixth man this year, having signed as a free agent this summer. Wallace, a 14 year NBA veteran in his second year with Boston, has seen his playing time reduced from last season.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 04:02

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Red Claws seek revenge at home on Saturday

The first-place Maine Red Claws (4-2 prior to hosting Fort Wayne Thursday night) will play the Sioux Falls Skyforce (3-2) Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at the Portland Expo. The Skyforce handed Maine its first loss of the season 99-98 last week in Sioux Falls.

Maine, NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, then travels to Atlantic division rival Delaware to play the 87'ers (3-2) in consecutive games on Wednesday and Friday. The Red Claws return home next Sunday, Dec. 14 to square off at 5 p.m. against division foe Canton (3-3).

Each of the three division winners in the 18-team league, and five "wildcards," teams with the next best records regardless of division, will qualify for the playoffs.

Rookie point guard Tim Frazier leads Maine in scoring (16 points per game) and assists (6.7 per game). The 6-foot, 1-inch Penn State product has made an impressive 50 percent of his field goal attempts and 83 percent of his free throws along with a Rajon Rondo-like 6.2 rebounds per game.

Returning Red Claw Chris Babb is second in scoring at 15.2 ppg. and leads the team in minutes played (36.8), free throw percentage (88 percent) and three-point shots made. The 6-foot, 5-inch Babb, whose family has a barbeque business in Dallas, played in 14 games for the Celtics last season, following his promotion from Maine.

Forward Christian Wafford is third in scoring at 14.7 ppg and leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. The 6-foot, 9-inch Indiana product is in his first D-League season.

Maine is under the direction of new coach Scott Morrison, who spent the 2013-14 season as a Red Claws assistant. This is the sixth season that the Celtics have used the Red Claws as their NBA Development League affiliate and the third in which Boston is Maine's sole NBA affiliate with full control over the team's basketball operations.

Radio broadcasts of each game can be heard live on WJJB 96.3 FM with Chris Sedenka (play by play) and Rick Simonds (analysis) calling the action. Sedenka, a 1999 Gorham High graduate, is a former co-host of the PM JAB sports talk show. Simonds was a very successful basketball coach at St. Josephs College, winning 11 conference titles in 23 years.

Maine Red Claws
Yearly Win/Loss Record
2010 27-23 (15-9 at home)
2011 18-32 (13-11 at home)
2012 21-29 (11-13 at home)
2013 26-24 (13-11 at home)
2014 19-26 (13-12 at home)
2015 4-2 (2-0 at home)

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 23:39

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High school football: MPA champs crowned, Thanksgiving Classic Thursday

State football champions were crowned by the Maine Principals Association (MPA) this weekend with three of the games taking place at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on Saturday. In Class A, Thornton came from behind to defeat Windham 35-14. Marshwood beat Brunswick 44-18 in Class B and Oak Hill topped MCI 41-21 in Class D. On Friday, Winslow beat Leavitt 62-14 in the Class B game in Orono. Attendance was strong and enthusiastic despite cold and windy conditions.11-25-14-spts-KL-thornton

Deering and Portland will wrap up the high school football season with their 103rd annual Thanksgiving Day clash on Thursday at Fitzpatrick Stadium beginning at 10:30 am. Portland, which leads the all-time series 55-40-7, won 47-6 last year for its first Turkey Day victory since 2009. In that game Bulldog senior Justin Zukowski scored four touchdowns and rushed for 217 yards. Deering's last Thanksgiving Day win, a 28-14 triumph in 2012, came behind senior Ken Sweet's 248 yards, three touchdown runs and touchdown throw. The Rams and Bulldogs have already played twice this season with Portland forfeiting a regular season win and claiming a 28-7 quarterfinal playoff victory.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 02:02

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