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 traveled north of the boarder with the rest of the NBA D-League for the annual D-League showcase, a four day stretch where every team in the league plays twice to give scouts a chance to look at every player the league has to offer.
It was a strong showing for Maine as they went 2-0 and a few of the players with contracts that don’t bind them to the Boston Celtics might have caught the eye of other teams.
Thursday: 122-117 win over Canton Charge
Five players scored in double-figures for Maine as their offense coasted against the Charge. Abdel Nader led the way with 29 points on 10-for-20 shooting and he was followed up by 23 from Marcus Georges-Hunt, 18 from Demetrius Jackson, 18 from Jalen Jones and 11 from Coron Williams. Nader and Jones both stuffed the stat sheet on top of their strong scoring outputs with Nader dishing out seven assists and grabbing five boards while Jones’ 10 rebounds gave him a double-double to go along with six assists and two steals. Former Celtic John Holland led Canton with 28 points.
Saturday: 112-107 win over Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Jalen Jones got to carry the scoring load in this one as it was his turn to score 29 points, but Nader wasn’t that far behind him and added 23 of his own. Nader did wind up adding six rebounds and six assists to the mix as well, but it seems like his horrible turnover rate needs to get brought up at least once a week and this is the game where that issue came into light once again. The 2016 second round pick was charged with six turnovers as he continues to average over four per game. He’s currently tied with Texas Legends point guard Manny Harris for the D-League lead. He’s an offensivly gifted small forward who can score and rebound but the turnovers and defensive question marks are areas where you’ll need to see improvement before you even think about bringing him up to the NBA. Ben Bentil – another 2016 second round pick of the Celtics who was cut at the end of training camp – is currently playing for the Mad Ants and scored three points in nine minutes off the bench in this one. He’s currently averaging 11.7 PPG and 4.7 RPG for Fort Wayne this year.