Boston Celtics: Maine Monthly
February, 1, 2011
By Greg Payne | ESPNBoston.com
Boston Celtics rookie Avery Bradley tied an NBA Developmental League record with nine steals as the Maine Red Claws escaped with a thrilling 109-106 victory Sunday over the D-League's top team, the Tulsa 66ers, who entered the game winners of 14 straight (check out the highlights above). We take our occasional look at how Boston's D-League affiliate is faring:
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January was a busy month for the Red Claws, including a trip to the D-League showcase. Here's some of the top headlines from the past month:
Harris cashes in overseas: Paul Harris, the Claws' top choice in the 2009 D-League draft, left the team in late January, signing a contract with a team in the Philippines. Harris told the Portland Press Herald: "Playing time played a little part, but it was a situation where I felt like we went to the [D-League] Showcase. It was the biggest stage of the year. I think I played pretty well. I waited around to see what happened. Nothing really happened."
Janning traded to Rio Grande for Anderson: Matt Janning, a Northeastern product who spent time with the Celtics' summer league squad in Orlando, was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in exchange for shooting guard Antonio Anderson, a Lynn, Mass. native. “Antonio Anderson is a versatile player who plays the game at a high level on both ends of the court and led his team to last year’s D-League Championship,” said Red Claws president and general manager Jon Jennings. “Antonio is a player we were very interested in last year and are thrilled to be able to add him to our roster.” Janning, who started the NBA season on the Phoenix's roster, joined Maine in December after being cut by the Suns.
Where they stand: The Red Claws are 12-17 overall, good for fourth place in the D-League's Eastern Conference. The playoffs are seeded by the top eight teams in the league and, right now, Maine is about three games back of a final spot with two months (and 21 total games) remaining in its season.