There were probably some long faces Sunday in Springfield and not just because the team lost to the Maine Red Claws. The Nets decision to call up Damion James of the Bakersfield Jam rather than, say, Dennis Horner or Carleton Scott of the Armor couldn't have sat well with them. Both play the 3/4 and both have played in a Nets uniform. It's all part of managing an affiliate in the D-League while scouting other talent elsewhere.
Horner, Scott and another ex-Net, Ben Uzoh, all played well against Maine Saturday. Horner had 15 points and 8 boards, while Scott had 16, including five threes. Uzoh finished with 20 points, five assists and five points. The Armor, now 5-13, have added two new players, both bigs, to bolster the team's rebounding and defense.
None of them have been playing at James level, however, in recent games at Bakersfield, James had been on fire. Over the last three, against the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Maine Red Claws and Los Angeles D-Fenders, he's averaged 22.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while adding a smattering of assists (some quite nice), steals and blocks. There's also highlight dunks in each game.
- Game Report: Armor at Red Claws (Video) - D-League
- Springfield Armor fall to Maine Red Claws, 116-107 - Kevin Thomas - Springfield Republican
Maine Red Claws coach respects Springfield Armor - Kevin Thomas - Springfield Republican