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Monday, November 22, 2010
Maine Mondays

By Chris Forsberg

Rich Obrey/NBAE/Getty ImagesJamar Smith dribbles the ball near midcourt during a game against Austin.
Every Monday while the NBA Development League is in session, we'll try to take a quick glimpse at how the Maine Red Claws, Boston's minor league affiliate, are faring with a focus on the Celtics' affiliated players.


The Red Claws (1-1) opened their season by splitting a back-to-back with visiting Austin, dropping Friday's season-opener, but rebounding in Saturday's rematch. Paul Harris scored a team-high 20 points to pace five Claws in double figures on opening night (Maine shot a solid 47.3 percent from the floor overall), but thanks in large part to the 22 offensive rebounds Maine allowed, the Toros emerged with a 103-97 triumph. The following night, Jamar Smith, one of three affiliated players from Boston, scored a game-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting off the bench to spark the Claws to 93-88 victory.

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.

Rich Obrey/NBAE/Getty ImagesTiny Gallon throws down a one-handed jam.