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.