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Armor, now last in D-League, struggling despite individual success

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Springfield Armor

The Armor finished first in the Eastern Conference of the D-League last season, dizzying heights for a team that had been a doormat before it joined up with the Nets. But after that success, fueled in large part by a returning core, the Armor has fallen. They are now last in the conference, at 6-15. They still have 29 games left to catch up but they have yet to put together a good stretch of wins.

On Sunday, they lost again to the Maine Red Claws, the league's hottest team (and Celtics affiliate). Once again, their three top players, two of them bigs, played well, but not well enough. Willie Reed, their youngest player at 22, continued to play well, putting up 20 points in a second straight game. The 6'10" power forward had 22 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. James Mays, the Nets camp invite, had yet another double-double, with 21 and 11. Ben Uzoh, the ex-Net, had good numbers across the board, 17 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.

But once again, the Armor shot poorly, at 36.7 percent for the game, while the Red Claws went off for 46.2 percent. DeJuan Summers, the Georgetown product, finished with 23 points and 10 boards. Maine had six players in double figures.