WEEK IN REVIEW
EYES ON THE AFFILIATES
- Stephane Lasme: On the eve of the 2010-11 season, the Red Claws announced that Lasme, one of Boston's final (and toughest) camp cuts, would be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot (suffered in Maine's only preseason game last Monday night). Lasme started that night, but played only two minutes before incurring the injury that will shelve him for the foreseeable future.
- Jamar Smith: One of the nation's top 3-point shooter last season at Southern Indiana (he was named the Division 2 Player of the Year there), Smith showcased his perimeter skills by connecting on 5-of-6 trifectas in Saturday's 25-point outburst. He's averaging 33.5 minutes per game off the bench, shooting 61.1 percent with a solid stat line (15 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals per game through two contests).
- Tiny Gallon: Coming off the pine, the 6-foot-9 Gallon, a Milwaukee Buckets draftee who was brought in for the final days of camp with eyes towards assigning to Maine, is averaging 14 points, 6.5 rebounds,and 2 blocks per game (he registered four rejections in Saturday's game). He also produced the monster one-handed jam that appears at the end of this entry.
The Red Claws get back to work with another back-to-back later this week, this time a doubleheader in Springfield on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (noon). The Red Claws defeated the Armor, 102-88, in preseason play.
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