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
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
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.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
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).