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Scouting The Opponent: Texas Legends

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Here is an in-depth look at the matchup between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Texas Legends in advance of Friday’s matchup. Tip-off is at 5:00 p.m. PT: The Legends’ roster is loaded with former NBA players: Renaldo Balkman (2006 first-round pick (20th overall) of the New York Knicks), Damion James (2010 first-round pick (24th overall) of the Atlanta Hawks), Mike James (has appeared in 595 career NBA games with 11 different franchises) and Ivan Johnson (has appeared in 125 career NBA games over two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks). In the first meeting between the teams on Nov. 15, Texas…

Scouting The Opponent: Rio Grande Valley Vipers

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Here is an in-depth look at the matchup between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Rio Grande Valley Vipers in advance of Wednesday’s matchup. Tip-off is at 5:00 p.m. PT: After a 4-1 start to the season, Rio Grande Valley is just 3-10 in its last 13 games. The lone loss at the beginning of the year? A 128-127 defeat to the D-Fenders in El Segundo. Manny Harris, who is now playing in Turkey, poured in 43 points, and added 15 rebounds and seven assists to lead L.A. to its first win of the 2014-15 campaign. Nick Johnson and Clint Capela…

Scouting The Opponent: Oklahoma City Blue

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Here is an in-depth look at the matchup between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Oklahoma City Blue in advance of Friday’s matchup. Tip-off is at 5:00 p.m. PT: Earlier today, the Blue acquired Reggie Williams through its returning player rights. The 6-foot-6 guard has appeared in 180 career NBA games over five seasons with Golden State, Charlotte and Oklahoma City. In 25 games during the 2013-14 season with the then Tulsa 66ers, Williams averaged 20.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals, while shooting 47.9 percent from the floor. He’s expected to be in uniform tonight against the D-Fenders.…

Scouting The Opponent: Reno Bighorns

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Here is an in-depth look at the matchup between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Reno Bighorns in advance of Saturday’s matchup. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. PT: Reno leads the league in scoring (140.3 points) and three-point field goals made (19.5), and ranks second in three-point field goal percentage (37.7). The Bighorns also top the league in pace at nearly 122 possessions per game, mainly because of the system they implement, which includes full-court pressure for 48 minutes and a heavy emphasis on layups and three-pointers. Below is their shot chart through 10 games, per NBADLeague.com/stats. Baylor product, Quincy Miller,…

Scouting The Opponent: Sioux Falls Skyforce

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Here is an in-depth look at the matchup between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Sioux Falls Skyforce in advance of Thursday’s matchup. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. PT: Sioux Falls (5-6) comes in winners of two straight games, though they sit at the bottom of the Central Division behind Iowa (5-4), Grand Rapids (5-5) and Fort Wayne (6-7). The Skyforce rank fourth in the league in three-point field goals made per game (10.7) and third in three-point field goal percentage (37.2). Below is a shot chart of their efficiency from beyond the arc, courtesy of NBADLeague.com/stats. Former Duke Blue Devil,…

10 Things To Know: D-Fenders vs. Warriors 12/5/14

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Here is an in-depth look at the matchup between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Santa Cruz Warriors in advance of Friday’s matchup. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. PT: This will be the second meeting of the year between the two teams. L.A. opened its season in Santa Cruz, but faded down the stretch and lost 122-95. Manny Harris led the D-Fenders with 28 points, while Roscoe Smith registered a big double-double with 22 points and 18 rebounds. For Santa Cruz, Golden State Warriors assignment player Justin Holiday recorded 26 points, six assists and four boards, while James Michael McAdoo poured…

10 Things To Know: D-Fenders at Knicks 11/25/14

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Here is an in-depth look at the matchup between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Westchester Knicks in advance of Tuesday’s matchup. Tip-off is at 4:00 p.m. PT: The Westchester Knicks are in their inaugural season as the affiliate club for the New York Knicks. Westchester replaced the Erie Bayhawks as the affiliate team for New York, who entered into a three-year agreement with the Orlando Magic. The Knicks currently sit at 1-3 (fourth in the Atlantic Division) and knocked off Grand Rapids Drive 97-83 on Friday for their first win in franchise history. Langston Galloway played for the New York…

Game Preview: D-Fenders vs. Stampede 11/21/14

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Here is an in-depth look at the matchup between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Idaho Stampede in advance of Friday’s matchup. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.: Kevin Murphy, who played for the Lakers 2014 Summer League squad, is averaging just 13.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 boards on 29.2 percent field goals. Last year, Murphy ranked third in the D-League in scoring at 25.5 points per contest, trailing Pierre Jackson (29.1) and Manny Harris (31.6). Murphy was a second-round selection of the Utah Jazz in 2012 and appeared in 17 games his rookie season. Toure Murry is on assignment from…

Game Preview: D-Fenders vs. Vipers 11/19/14

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Here is an in-depth look at the matchup between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Rio Grande Valley Vipers in advance of Friday’s matchup. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.: Former Laker Earl Clark ranks third in the league in scoring at 28.7 points per game, to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. The Louisville product played one season in L.A. during the 2012-13 campaign, averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per contest. In Rio Grande Valley’s 151-148 triple overtime win at Bakersfield on Tuesday night, Clark recorded 35 points, 11 boards and three blocks. He is…

Breaking Down the Roster: Returning Players

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Perhaps one of the biggest benefactors in building a successful NBA D-League roster is bringing back returning players – those who played for the club the previous season or in previous seasons. The D-Fenders retained five players from the 2013-14 squad – Gideon Gamble, Manny Harris, Travis Hyman, Jamario Moon and Josiah Turner – currently on the opening-day roster. We take a closer look at each player and what they bring to table. Gideon Gamble Summary For much of the year, Gamble was either inactive or did not see the court, in part due to injuries that plagued him throughout…