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The Maine Red Claws returned from last week’s showcase for back-to-back home games against the Greensboro Swarm, an add bit of scheduling that you almost never see in the NBA.
The two squads split their two meetings with Ryan Kelly joining up with the Red Claws following his recent release from the Atlanta Hawks.
Friday: 98-97 loss against Greensboro Swarm
The Red Claws debuted their newest player Ryan Kelly – a four year NBA veteran who was recently waived by the Atlanta Hawks – but it was all in a losing effort. Kelly had been signed to a non-guaranteed contract by the Celtics during training camp this past fall but he was waived just days later without appearing in a single preseason game before catching on with the Hawks, where he appeared in nine games before getting shown the door earlier this month. He finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two block but it wasn’t quite enough as the Swarm edged out Maine by just a point. Abdel Nader added 19 points to the mix and Marcus Georges-Hunt had 18 of his own while Jalen Jones pitched in with a 14 point, 11 rebound double-double. Demetrius Jackson had been sent down for this one, but he had an ugly 2-for-13 shooting night as he finished with just eight point on 33 minutes off the bench.
Saturday: 111-98 win over Greensboro Swarm
It couldn’t have been too much fun to spend an extra night in Maine during the winter when you’re a North Carolina based team and the Red Claws took advantage of a team that just probably wanted to go home, beating them and avenging their loss from the night before. Kelly was a beast one again, dropping 22 points, reeling in 19 rebounds and blocking three shots as the Red Claws were playing without their leading scorer in Abdel Nader. Jalen Jones also had a big night, scoring 28 points and adding eight rebounds to the mix as well. Demetrius Jackson stuck around for this one as well and he had a much better showing this time around. The 2016 second round draft pick moved to the starting lineup for this one and scored 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting to go along with six assists.