It was perhaps the most dramatic victory of the season for the Armor. Willie Reed tipped in a missed jumper by former Celtic Kris Joseph to beat the Idaho Stampede,107-105, in Boise on Wednesday night.
"That was my first game-winner ever, so I’m really going to cherish that," said the 6'10" Reed, who finished with 13 points while going 6-for-6 from the field and pulling down six rebounds.
The game marked the Armor debut for Joseph, who played six games for the Celtics earlier this season. After being cut by Boston, he joined their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Last week, the Armor traded their center, James Mays, for Joseph. The Syracuse product finished with 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
"He’s a wing-scorer, and a guy who can score on the NBA level," Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said of Joseph. "We gave up an All-Star … but (Joseph) is someone the Nets wanted to look at." The Nets don't own Joseph's NBA rights but he is learning the Nets system in Springfield.
The Nets have an open roster spot and depending on other moves could have additional spots by day's end. In addition to Reed and Joseph, the Armor roster includes former Nets Ben Uzoh and Dennis Horner as well as training camp invite Carleton Scott. The best player in the D-League, according to many scouting reports, is former Piston DaJuan Summers of the Red Claws.
Springfield Armor squeak out 107-105 win over Idaho Stampede - Chris Langrill - Sprngfield Republican
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