The Red Claw Report is published every Sunday to give fans a look into the Celtics D-League affiliate. Last week’s Red Claw Report can be found here.
The Maine Red Claws are still a first place team, but the gap is a bit tighter now after a 1-2 week.
James Young is currently out with a sprained ankle, the Celtics are so hurt that Jordan Mickey had to start a game at one point during the week and a lot of these injuries ensured that Demetrius Jackson could only be limited to one game. Here’s how it all happened in Crustacean Nation!
Tuesday: 105-78 loss against Westchester Knicks
Abdel Nader missed this game after spraining his ankle – just like every other Celtic seemed to do over this past week – and the offense just wasn’t there in his absence as Maine got blown out, snapping a five game winning streak. Jalen Jones dropped 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting, but he seemed to be the only bright spot for the Red Claws as they shot just 31% as a team and they were out rebounded 54-36. Former Celtic shooting guard Von Wafer came off the bench for Westchester and scored 11 points to go along with five rebounds. 78 points was the lowest scoring total of the season for Maine.
Thursday: 110-94 loss against Raptors 905
Maine averages 108.3 PPG, so it’s rare to see them score below triple digits in back-to-back games, but it happened here and they lost their second straight game as a result. Nader did return after his one game absence, scoring 29 points on 9-for-17 shooting to go along with six rebounds and five assists but he also committed an ugly nine turnovers. Fans in Bostn should be happy to see him leading the Red Claws in scoring this year but turnovers have been a huge issue since the season began as he’s averaging 3.9 per game, which is something that really needs to be fixed if he wants to ever get a real shot at playing in the NBA. Jones also pitched in with another 25 points of his own and he grabbed a team high nine rebounds as well. Five players on Raptors 905 scored at least 11 points.
Saturday: 115-108 win over Windy City Bulls
Nader came up with another big scoring night as the Red Claws snapped their losing streak at two games with a home win over the Bulls. The 2016 second round pick put up a game high 25 points as he stuffed the stat sheet with nine assists, five rebounds and two blocks. Demetrius Jackson was able to join Nader for this one with a lot of the Celtics getting healthy, allowing for him to see some game action; although it didn’t go to well for the former Notre Dame standout. Jackson played 34 minutes off the bench but shot just 2-for-15 from the field as he finished with six points, four assists and four steals. Jones once again stood out and scored 22 points of his own while Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 21 and Coron Williams added 19.