GAME 3: D-FENDERS 117, SPURS 104
Player of the Game: Ryan Gomes, F, D-Fenders — 35 points, 13/19 FG, 8/8 FT, 12 rebounds
GAME 2: SPURS 91, D-FENDERS 83
Player of the Game: Brandon Fields, G, Spurs — 20 points, 7/13 FG, 6/7 FT
GAME 1: D-FENDERS 102, SPURS 97
Player of the Game: Vander Blue, G, D-Fenders — 33 points, 7/14 FG, 3/5 3FG, 16/18 FT, 13 rebounds
Expect the team that dictates the pace in this series to come out on top. The D-Fenders prefer a free-flowing style of play that allows their star, No. 5-ranked prospect Vander Blue, to get going, flanked by versatile vets Justin Harper and Ryan Gomes in the frontcourt. In a league where pace-and-space is the norm, the Spurs play at the league’s slowest pace and rank first in rebounding.
Former Ohio State standout Deshaun Thomas leads Austin, which has gotten a boost in these playoffs from explosive guard Keifer Sykes. The 5-11 Wisconsin-Green Bay product poured in 23.3 points per game in the first round, leading a furious rally in a winner-take-all Game 3 against the Vipers.
Guard Orlando Johnson, returning after two separate Call-Ups to the NBA this season, and 7-foot-3 Hawks assignee Walter Tavares could be X-factors for Austin. Point guard Josh Magette runs the show brilliantly for the L.A., ranking second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
MEET THE SPURS
NBA Affiliate: San Antonio Spurs
Regular Season Record: 30-20
Key Stat(s): In a league that favors run-and-gun, the Spurs prefer ground and pound, playing at the league’s slowest pace during the regular season (96.1) and tying for first in rebound percentage (53.1%).
MEET THE D-FENDERS
NBA Affiliate: Los Angeles Lakers
Regular Season Record: 27-23
Key Stat(s): The D-Fenders have the lowest turnover percentage in the league (14.3%) thanks to under-the-radar point guard Josh Magette, the league assists (9.2) and steals (2.4) leader.