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Long Island loses to Maine as roster gets juggled

Long Island Nets

Continuity is hard to come by in the D-League. Players come and players go, and that tempo is likely to increase this weekend and beyond as teams try out players on 10-day deals. But even without 10-days, players jump back and forth between the NBA and D-League, players head overseas and players get second and third chances.

That’s the way it is with the Long Island Nets, who lost 123-104 Friday afternoon at Barclays to the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics long-time affiliate.

R.J. Hunter was signed post-game by Long Island. Donnie McGrath, the D-League’s second highest assist man, was waived Thursday so he can head back to Greece and a no doubt more lucrative deal. Taurean Prince and Mike Scott, sent to L.I. under the league’s flexible assignment rule, were called back to Atlanta Friday night. And with the parent club about to decide on Spencer Dinwiddie’s fate, who knows who will fill in if they waive him tomorrow? Will Yogi Ferrell get called back?

Still, they have to play the game and there was good news for the front offices of Brooklyn, Atlanta and Boston in the Long Island - Maine game.

Chris McCullough, who as Kenny Atkinson says, improves with virtually every game, finished with 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting and 16 rebounds as well as four steals to lead Long Island. It was his 20th game in the D-League and there seems no timetable to have him return.

Ferrell and Burrell played well, too. After a 17-point performance, sparked by four three-pointers, Ferrell is now averaging 19.5 points a game and shooting 40 percent from three (as well as 91 percent from the stripe.) He handed out six assists. After a couple of bad games, Burrell came back with 16 points and nine boards.

Prince, the No. 12 pick by Atlanta in the 2016 draft, continued his hot shooting, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists. Mike Scott, on injury rehab, had eight points and three rebounds after missing his last game due to leg soreness.

The Red Claws’ two best players, cut by Boston and signed by Maine, continue to dominate the Maine box score. Power Forward Abdel Nader, Egypt’s best young player, almost picked up a triple double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while Marcus Georges-Hunt, a swingman who played with the Nets summer league team, finished with 23, seven and five.

The Red Claws used a very strong fourth quarter to pull away from the Nets, outscoring Long Island, 39-24.

Full game video can be found here.