Series Preview: Maine Red Claws vs. Raptors 905
The Eastern Conference Championship will feature a match-up between the East’s two division champions, Central Division Raptors 905 (39-11) and Atlantic Division Maine Red Claws (29-21). Maine will host Game 1 at the Portland Expo Building, while Game Two and Three will be at the Hershey Centre. Tickets are available at https://t.co/pyD1vEN101
GM 1 (Away): Apr 16, 5:00pm
GM 2 (Home): Apr 19, 7:00pm
GM 3 (Home): Apr 20, 7:00pm*
Graduation Day: Raptors 905 will enter the second round without the services of Edy Tavares and Axel Toupane, both earning NBA contracts for the remainder of the season. Tavares signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Toupane signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.
High Scoring Duos: In its two wins against Canton, the 905 scored 110 points per game, and had five players average double-digit point totals. The Red Claws averaged 114.7 points per game in their three-game series against Fort Wayne, also having five players average double-figures. In the regular season, Raptors 905 were 14th in points per game, while Maine was 19th.
Tough on the Glass: In the first round of the playoffs, Maine was able to pull in just under 45 rebounds per game, while the 905 averaged just under 42. In the regular season, the 905 were the third best rebounding team in the D-League, while the Red Claws were listed at 12th.
Players to watch: Without Tavares or Toupane, Brady Heslip led the 905, averaging 18 points per game in the first round. Look for the Burlington native to lead the 905 offensive attack. Maine benefits from two players in the Top 15 of playoff scoring; Jordan Mickey (9th – 25.0) and Abdel Nader (13 – 22.7).