NBA D-League Showcase, South Padre Island (TX) Convention Center
Wednesday, 8 p.m.
▀ On the air: WFNN-AM 1330; www.nba.com/dleague/
▀ On TV: VERSUS
Players to watch
▀ Erie — SF Nate Linhart (After shooting 1-of-7 from the field in Erie’s 116-97 win against Maine on Sunday, Linhart responded with a 12-point effort on 4-of-7 shooting off the bench in Erie’s 79-74 victory against Idaho in the D-Legue Showcase on Tuesday. PF Ivan Johnson Tied his season low with nine points in Tuesday’s win against Idaho. He also grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds. Came into that game the team’s leading scorer at 17.9 points a game. … SG Garrett Temple (Erie is 3-0 with Temple in the lineup since acquiring him in a trade Dec. 30 with Rio Grande Valley for rookie power forward Jeff Adrien. Temple is averaging 14.3 points in those three games with Erie.
▀ Rio Grande Valley — PF Jeff Adrien (Was traded Dec. 30 from Erie to Rio Grande Valley for Garrett Temple. In his. Against Fort Wayne on Monday in the NBA D-League Showcase, Adrien had 30 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. He’s had seven double-doubles in his 10 games in the D-League since Erie got him out the player pool after the Golden State Warriors released him. … PG Mustafa Shakur (A former standout at Arizona, Shakur is averaging 16.5 points and five assists in 19 games this season. He’s started every one of those games. … SG Jerel McNeal (Avg. 16.5 points. Like Shakur, McNeal has started all 19 games for Rio Grande Valley this season.
▀ Erie — Won eight of its last nine games. … After a 20-point, 11-rebound effort in Erie’s win Sunday against Maine, Toronto Raptors rookie center Solomon Alabi had just four points on just 2-of-8 shooting in Tuesday’s win against Idaho in the NBA D-League Showcase. … Erie has won five straight games.
▀ Rio Grande Valley — In his last two games, Adrien is averaging 30.5 points, 13 rebounds and shooting 82.7 percent (24-of-29) from the field. … The defending D-League champions, Rio Grande Valley has won its last five games. … The Vipers are averaging 107.3 points a game while the BayHawks are allowing just 92.4 points a game.
▀ BayHawks up next: at Maine, (Friday, 8 p.m.)