The Delaware Blue Coats defeated the Motor City Cruise, 124-116, in the NBA G League Eastern Conference Semifinal round on Friday night at Wayne State Fieldhouse.
The Coats head north to face Raptors 905 in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday. The game is slated for a 7:00 p.m. ET tip-off on ESPNU.
Jaden Springer led the Blue Coats with 30 points, five rebounds and four steals. Charlie Brown, Jr. put up 28 points and 10 boards, and Myles Powell dropped 22 on 5-9 shooting from THREE-POINT RANGE.
The back-and-forth contest featured 18 lead changes and the score was tied 16 times throughout the game.
Aaron Henry poured in 18 points and eight rebounds, plus a game-high three blocked shots. Recently-named G League Defensive Player of the Year Shaq Harrison had 12 points and 10 assists to go along with a couple of steals and a blocked shot.
Motor City’s Cheick Diallo tallied 25 point and 13 rebounds.
On Monday, the NBA G League announced that Blue Coats F Paul Reed was named both the 2021 NBA G League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.
Reed, whose a two-way player with the 76ers, was the only player in the league to average at least 20 points and 11 rebounds per game this season while leading the Delaware Blue Coats to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Reed led the G League with 12 double-doubles in 15 games and is the first player in Delaware franchise history to earn either MVP or Rookie of the Year honors.
Reed, the No. 58 overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, shot .588 from the field, .444 from three-point range, and .789 from the free-throw line. He was the only player among the G League’s top-10 in total rebounds with at least 20 three-pointers made (24).
The DePaul product started each of the Blue Coats’ 15 regular-season games and was the only player in the league with at least 25 steals (29) and 25 blocks (27) during the regular season. Reed was one of only three players with at least two 30-point games.
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The last time the Delaware Blue Coats battled the Lakeland Magic, they trailed by 22 points at halftime and ultimately would lose 115-107 in their regular season matchup, and on Thursday night in the NBA G League Finals, Delaware again got down early and trailed by 12 at the break. From there, Lakeland would push the lead to as much as 25 points in the third quarter and would capture their first NBA G League title by defeating Delaware 97-78 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida.
Devin Cannady led Lakeland with 22 points, while Rayjon Tucker led the Blue Coats with 20 points. Lakeland held Delaware to 31% from the field, including 20% from three-point range.
“We really struggled just to kind of get anything going,” Blue Coats head coach Conner Johnson said after the game. “I think that’s on us for sure. We could have done a better job in some areas. I think it’s a huge credit to them(Lakeland).”
While the Blue Coats did not win a championship, the 2020-21 season was filled with a lot of great accomplishments for Delaware, including making the playoff for the first time, getting their first playoff victory, and making their first appearance in the G League Finals, so in many ways, this season was a success for Delaware, which Johnson discussed.
“I think to the whole season a positive we take away are we crossed off some firsts for our team that we were hoping to accomplish by making the playoffs, having a playoffs game, and now getting to the Finals,” Johnson said. “I think that the development of these guys kind of from the top and bottom of the roster. It’s something that we really look at and take a lot of pride in.”
Based on the way they were playing in the playoffs, you thought Delaware was built and ready to win a G League title, but in a single-elimination game, you have to be at your best, and the Blue Coats were not at their best on Thursday night.
It’s onto the playoffs for the Delaware Blue Coats (10-5), who lost their regular-season finale to the Memphis Hustle, 106-95, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida.
Paul Reed posted his league-leading 12th double-double of the season with a game-high 27 points and season-high-tying 16 rebounds. Reed added a rookie career-high six assists, three steals, and two blocks. 76ers assignment player Isaiah Joe scored 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers for the Blue Coats.
Delaware, the No. 4 seed in the NBA G League playoffs, will play the first playoff game in franchise history on Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET(ESPNews) against the No. 5 seed, the Austin Spurs (10-5). It is a single-elimination format, so it’s win or go home.
These two teams met in the regular season on February 21 when the Blue Coats defeated the Spurs, 122-107, in the only regular-season meeting between them.
In that contest, Reed delivered his seventh straight double-double to begin the season with 15 points (7-14 FG), a game-high 14 rebounds (six offensive), and a pair of steals in 31 minutes of action. Rayjon Tucker posted 23 points (7-13 FG, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, and a game-high three steals in a game-high 35 minutes.
In a single-elimination game, anything can happen. Both of these teams have identical records, so even though Delaware defeated San Antonio in the regular season, these teams appear to be evenly matched on paper.
The Delaware Blue Coats (7-2), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Raptors 905 (6-3), 138-107, on Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida.
76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker scored a season-high 26 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3FG, 3-6 FT) with six rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed tallied 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-3 3FG), nine rebounds (five offensive), a game-high three steals and a rookie career-high four blocks.
Off the Delaware bench, Jordan Bone scored 15 points and dished out a game-high nine assists with zero turnovers. Rookie Braxton Key scored 10 points in eight minutes on 4-5 shooting from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc.
Each team had 30 assists in the contest. The Blue Coats swiped 11 steals and have now recorded at least 10 steals in six of their nine games. Raptors 905 outrebounded the Blue Coats 54-35 and shot .542 from the floor, .417 from three-point range and .909 from the free-throw line in the game. They led 70-50 at halftime and had seven players finish with double figures scoring in the victory.
Individually for the Raptors 905, Alize Johnson posted his second game of the season with at least 20 rebounds, totaling 22 points (8-15 FG, 3-3 FT), 20 rebounds and seven assists in 34 minutes of play. Matt Mooney came off the bench to record 22 points (7-10 FG, 5-6 3FG, 2-3 FT) of his own, including a game-high five three-pointers, and a team-high eight assists in 28 minutes. Tres Tinkle put up a rookie career-high 20 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 3FG, 4-4 FT) with seven rebounds as a reserve.
UP NEXT: The Blue Coats will meet the Lakeland Magic (4-5) on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.
The Delaware Blue Coats (7-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Austin Spurs (6-2), 122-107, on Sunday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. Seven Blue Coats reached double figures scoring for the first time this season, as the team tied the franchise record for consecutive wins with its seventh straight victory.
76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed delivered his seventh straight double-double to begin the season with 15 points (7-14 FG), a game-high 14 rebounds (six offensive) and a pair of steals in 31 minutes of action. Fellow 76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker posted 23 points (7-13 FG, 5-6 FT), five rebounds and a game-high three steals in a game-high 35 minutes.
Delaware’s Michael Frazier II came off the bench to net a season-high 24 points (9-18 FG, 3-8 3FG, 2-2 FT) along with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks. Frazier II posted a game-high plus-17 rating in 28 minutes of play. Justin Robinson notched his first double-double of the campaign for the Blue Coats with a season-high 19 points (7-14 FG, 3-8 3FG, 1-1 FT) and a career-high 13 assists.
The Blue Coats led the Spurs 65-55 at halftime. For the game, Delaware outrebounded Austin 46-39 and won the battle for points in the paint by a 70-42 margin.
Austin’s Anthony Mathis scored a game-high 33 points on 10-15 shooting from the field, 5-9 from three-point range and 4-4 from the free-throw line. Sacramento Kings flex assignment player Robert Woodard II had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a team-high 31 minutes. Galen Robinson Jr. dished out a game-high 14 assists, while London Perrantes had 10 assists of his own in the loss.
UP NEXT: The Blue Coats play the second game of their current back-to-back on Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET against the Erie BayHawks. Erie holds a 6-1 record. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-GM.
The Delaware Blue Coats (6-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Long Island Nets (2-4), 130-127, on Friday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. The Blue Coats made a G League season-high 21 three-pointers (14 in the first half) for the second straight game and remain the league’s only unbeaten team.
Jared Brownridge paced the Blue Coats with a game-high 29 points (9-13 FG, 7-11 3FG, 2-3 FT) in 33 minutes off the bench. His seven three-pointers are tied for the most in a single G League game this season. 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed delivered his sixth consecutive double-double to begin the season with 23 points (9-12 FG, 3-3 3FG, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 26 minutes before fouling out.
Jordan Bone came off the Delaware bench to score 21 points on 6-13 shooting from the field, 3-5 from three-point range and a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line. 76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker tallied 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and a game-high-tying seven assists in 33 minutes as a starter.
Six Blue Coats scored in double figures for the third straight game. Defensively, they recorded a season-high 10 blocked shots. Justin Robinson and Ivan Rabb joined Reed with three blocked shots each.
Long Island also had three players post 20-plus points, led by Jeremiah Martin’s 25 points (9-16 FG, 1-2 3FG, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds and game-high-tying seven assists. Brooklyn Nets two-way contract player Reggie Perry notched a double-double with 24 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in a team-high 33 minutes. BJ Johnson scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half.
The Blue Coats shot .622 (28-45) from the field and .667 (14-21) from three-point range in the first half en route to a 76-57 halftime lead. The Nets later outscored Delaware 37-24 in the fourth quarter.
UP NEXT: The Blue Coats will take on the Austin Spurs on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. The Spurs are 5-1 heading into their Saturday night matchup against the Westchester Knicks. The Delaware-Austin game on Sunday can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.
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The Delaware Blue Coats (4-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Greensboro Swarm (1-3), 127-98, on Tuesday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed totaled 19 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3FG, 1-1 FT) and a rookie career-high 16 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, with a steal and two blocks. Rayjon Tucker, also on a two-way contract with Philadelphia, posted a double-double of his own with 13 points, a career-high 10 assists, three steals and a block. The Blue Coats are one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the NBA G League, alongside NBA G League Ignite.
Delaware’s Jared Brownridge poured in a game-high 24 points on 9-15 shooting from the field and 5-9 from three-point range. Justin Robinson and Jordan Bone each posted 17 points, with Bone converting five of his seven three-point attempts.
The Blue Coats’ 127 points, 49 field goals, 17 three-pointers and 34 assists all represent new season-high totals. Ten turnovers were the fewest the team has committed this season, while they forced the Swarm into 23 turnovers on the back of 13 steals. Delaware has now swiped at least 13 steals in three straight games.
Six Blue Coats scored in double figures of the first time this season. They led 72-58 at halftime.
Greensboro’s Kobi Simmons led the team in scoring with 19 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor, 2-3 from beyond the arc and 2-2 at the free-throw line. Vernon Carey Jr., on assignment from the Charlotte Hornets, had 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Admiral Schofield added a double-double for the Swarm with 14 points (6-14 FG, 2-8 3FG) and 10 rebounds.
UP NEXT: The Blue Coats play the second game of a back-to-back tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against the Iowa Wolves. Iowa is 0-4 this season. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.
The Delaware Blue Coats (3-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Agua Caliente Clippers (1-2), 108-101, on Sunday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed posted a career-high 31 points (13-22 FG, 2-7 3FG, 2-3 FT) with 11 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double. The Blue Coats used a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to grab the lead, en route to their third straight win to begin the season. It is the first 3-0 start in Delaware franchise history.
Including Reed, five Blue Coats scored in double figures for the second straight game. 76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker tallied 19 points, three rebounds, a game-high-tying six assists, one steal and two blocks in a team-high 35 minutes. Jared Brownridge made four three-pointers and finished with 14 points. Justin Robinson and Jordan Bone each posted 11 points. Jemerrio Jones pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds with four points, five assists, three steals and a block in 34 minutes.
Five Delaware players delivered at least five assists in the win. The Blue Coats were also active on defense, totaling 13 steals as a team.
Agua Caliente led 54-48 at halftime and by as many as 13 points in the game.
The Clippers were led by James Palmer Jr.’s 26 points (10-22 FG, 2-5 3FG, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds and three assists. Tyrone Wallace added 22 points (10-18 FG, 1-6 3FG, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and a game-high-tying six assists. Donte Grantham posted a double-double with 16 points (6-14 FG, 3-7 3FG, 1-1 FT) and 14 rebounds in defeat.
UP NEXT: The Blue Coats will take on the Greensboro Swarm on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. The Swarm were 0-2 entering their Sunday evening contest with Long Island. Tuesday night’s Blue Coats-Swarm game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.
The Delaware Blue Coats (1-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, started off their season with a win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (0-2), 124-119, on Thursday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. 76ers two-way contract players Rayjon Tucker (22 points) and Paul Reed (20 points) combined for 42 points in the victory, while Jared Brownridge paced all scorers with 28 points (9-19 FG, 4-10 3FG, 6-6 FT) off the Delaware bench. The Blue Coats assisted on 29 of their 40 made field goals.
Reed finished with a double-double in his Blue Coats debut by adding 10 rebounds in 32 minutes of action. The DePaul product got off to a hot start with a team-high 13 first-half points. Tucker added a G League career-high three blocks, including a timely rejection of Fort Wayne’s Naz Mitrou-Long with 2:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Brownridge dished out six assists in addition to his big scoring effort. He also converted four free-throw attempts in the game’s final 15 seconds to ultimately seal the victory. Delaware’s Jemerrio Jones notched a double-double in his Blue Coats debut with 10 points (5-10 FG) and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Blue Coats got it going early in the second quarter, as the team opened the frame with a 13-0 run in the first four minutes to take a 35-23 lead. Delaware led 53-48 at halftime.
For the Mad Ants, Oshae Brissett came off the bench to post a double-double with a team-high-tying 21 points (6-11 FG, 4-4 FT) and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Naz Mitrou-Long matched Brissett with 21 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3FG, 3-3 FT) in 29 minutes of play. Like Brissett, rookie Rayshaun Hammonds also posted a double-double off the bench (12 points, 12 rebounds) in the loss.
NEXT UP: The Blue Coats will meet the Santa Cruz Warriors on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. The Warriors are 0-1 after falling to NBA G League Ignite on Wednesday in the league’s season-opening game. Santa Cruz features NBA veteran Jeremy Lin, who returns to the G League for the first time since 2012. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.