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 first place Maine Red Claws had an important home-and-home last week against the second place Delaware 87ers, who entered the series three games behind Maine in the standings and would also leave it three games behind as the teams split their meetings.
Thursday: 109-90 loss against Delaware 87ers
Maine was seemingly burned by everybody as six 87ers scored in double-figures, including three players who scored 19 or more. Ryan Kelly – who played well after joining the team last week – was incredible once again despite the losing effort, scoring 27 points on 9-for-15 shooting while blocking seven shots and grabbing a team high eight rebounds. Jalen Jones scored a team high 28 points while Abdel Nader dropped 19 of his own. Demetrius Jackson scored just two points while shooting 1-for-6 from the floor but he did pitch in with eight assists and six rebounds. Marcus Georges-Hunter – who has been one of the Red Claws better players this season – probably had the worst night as he failed to score and was 0-for-7 from the field.
Saturday: 130-125 win against Delaware 87ers
The offense was back as Maine wound up splitting their home-and-home with the 87ers and they dropped exactly 40 more points compared to their loss a few nights earlier. They did have some help in the form of Jordan Mickey and the big man played an unbelievable game as he shot 12-for-13 from the floor en route to a 27 point, 13 rebound performance, both of which were team highs. This made Mickey one of four Red Claws who scored 20 or more as he was joined by Abdel Nader, Ryan Kelly and Jalen Jones. Demetrius Jackson just missed out and scored 19 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists.