The Springfield Armor's season thus far is a disappointment. The Eastern Conference champs from last season are now 4-7 after losing late Friday in Santa Cruz to the Warriors, Golden State's affiliate, their sixth loss in seven games. The Armor are still learning to play together. They have no players returning from last year's club, which is unique in the D-League. Also hurting them is the loss of James Mays, the Nets training camp invite who's been down with the flu. Mays is one of the top rebounders in the development league.
On Friday, the three-point success they had on Thursday night simply evaporated. After shooting it at 55 percent on Thursday, the Armor shot less than half that percentage, 26.7 percent, on Friday. Part of the issue might have been the back-to-back and unlike the NBA, players had to make their own way to Santa Cruz after the holidays.
Carleton Scott, another Nets training camp invite, shot 1-for-8 after hitting five three-pointers on Thursday. On the other hand, the 6'8" Notre Dame product grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to go with his 10 points. Ben Uzoh had 17 points for the Armor, 10 straight in the third quarter. Defense was a positive, in that they held the Warriors, the D-League's top team, to their lowest point total of the year in the 88-79 loss. Taylor Griffin, Blake's brother, had double double, 12 and 10, for the Warriors.
The Armor now make one of the longest trips any team will make this year, going from Santa Cruz to Portland, ME, where they will play the Red Claws on New Year's Eve.
- Game Report: Armor at Warriors - D-League