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NBA D-League Playoffs 2016: Sioux Falls Skyforce Defeat Westchester Knicks, 2-0

By Brian Kotloff | April 8, 2016

SERIES SCHEDULE

Game 1: Skyforce 109, Knicks 95 | Tuesday 4/5 | Box Score
Game 2: Skyforce 112, Knicks 105 | Friday 4/8 | Box Score

GAME 2: SKYFORCE 112, KNICKS 105

Player of the Game: Skyforce F Rodney McGruder — 33 points, 11/18 FG, 5 3-pointers made

Plays of the Game:

GAME 1: SKYFORCE 109, KNICKS 95

Player of the Game: Skyforce F/C Jarnell Stokes — 28 points, 12/16 FG, 11 rebounds

Play of the Game: Jabril Trawick’s third-quarter block

SERIES PREVIEW

The NBA D-League’s biggest name goes up against its best regular-season team ever in this first-round matchup.

All eyes will be on Westchester star Jimmer Fredette, who finished as a top 10 scorer (21 PPG) with near 50-40-90 shooting percentages. But Fredette has his hands full with defensive pest Briante Weber, the NCAA’s second all-time steals leader (a knee injury suffered last January prevented him from breaking the record and likely landing an NBA roster spot).

But this series may be won down low for two of the top three defensive teams in the league. The Skyforce’s frontcourt carried them to the best record in league history, with burly scorer Jarnell Stokes joining forces with veteran center Keith Benson. But Westchester’s duo of 7-2 shot-blocker Jordan Bachynski and glue guy Darion Atkins — plus hyper-energetic combo forward Thanasis “the other Greek Freek” Antetokounmpo — can match up.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Briante Weber, G, Skyforce

Jarnell Stokes, Forward, Skyforce

DeAndre Liggins, G, Skyforce

Jimmer Fredette, G, Knicks

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, F, Knicks

Jordan Bachynski, C, Knicks

 

MEET THE SKYFORCE

NBA Affiliate: Miami Heat

Regular Season Record: 40-10

Key Stat(s): In a league where roster turnover makes gelling as a team a daily challenge, the Skyforce went 40-10 thanks to a league-best 98.5 Defensive Rating.

MEET THE KNICKS

NBA Affiliate: New York Knicks

Regular Season Record: 28-22

Key Stat(s): Opponents shot a league-low 57% in the restricted area against the Knicks, as Bachynski (2.4 BPG, 2nd) and Atkins (1.3 BPG, T-11th) finished among the league block leaders.

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