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2015 NBA D-League Eastern Conference Finals: Fort Wayne Mad Ants Defeat Canton Charge, 2-0

By Brian Kotloff | April 19, 2015

GAME 2: MAD ANTS 103, CHARGE 85

Player of the Game: Mad Ants G Jordan Crawford — 28 points, 11/23 FG, 4/10 3FG, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Play of the Game: Ramon Harris’ finishes the fast break with a slam


GAME 1: MAD ANTS 105, CHARGE 91

Player of the Game: Mad Ants F C.J. Fair — 22 points, 9/14 FG, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Play of the Game: Shayne Whittington’s block leads to a Marcus Simmons dunk


SERIES SCHEDULE

Game 1: Charge @ Mad Ants | Thursday 4/16, 7 PM ET, ESPN3 | Game Info
Game 2: Mad Ants @ Charge | Sunday 4/19, 6 PM ET, ESPNU | Game Info
Game 3*: Mad Ants @ Warriors | Tuesday 4/21, 7 PM ET, ESPNU | Game Info

*If Necessary

SERIES PREVIEW

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In a league where seven teams average more than 110 points per game, the Eastern Conference Finalists stand out for their old-school style. The Charge (Cavaliers affiliate) and Mad Ants (affiliate of 13 NBA teams) both rank in the bottom five in scoring and pace while ranking in the top five in defensive rating.

So expect a typical halfcourt-oriented, playoff grindfest in Canton and Fort Wayne as the Charge look to reach their first Finals in four years of existence and the defending champion Mad Ants look to book a return trip.

BLAKE’S TAKE

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Joe Harris*

SG
14.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.6 3FG/G
*If assigned from Cavaliers

Alex Kirk

C
12.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 49% FG

Stephen Holt

PG
10.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.3 SPG
 

 

Jordan Crawford

G
22.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.5 SPG

C.J. Fair

F
13.9 PPG, 48% FG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 SPG

Trey McKinney-Jones

SG
12.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45% FG

 

MEET THE CHARGE

NBA Affiliate: Cleveland Cavaliers

Regular Season Record: 31-19

How They Got Here: Defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2-1

Key Stat(s): In a league where pace-and-space is the norm, the Charge play at by far the slowest pace (92.3 possessions per 48 minutes) and pound teams down low (52.4 rebound percentage, 2nd in the league).


MEET THE MAD ANTS

NBA Affiliates: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards

Regular Season Record: 28-22

How They Got Here: Defeated the Maine Red Claws, 2-0

Key Stat(s): With 13 NBA affiliates, the Mad Ants have used 32 different players this season, yet rank second in the league in defensive rating (101.2 points allowed per 100 possessions).

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