Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Winning, even when not playing

There's no question that Tulsa is one of the hottest teams in the NBA D-League, winning six of their last seven games to pull within 1.5 games of West Conference front-runner Rio Grande Valley. A win tomorrow over Albuquerque would not only add to Tulsa's win total, but would also allow Tulsa to finish 2-0 at the Showcase, a feat that only one other West Conference team (the host Idaho Stampede) could claim (provided Idaho beats Ft. Wayne tonight). RGV lost in the opening game of the Showcase to Albuquerque in an upset and now finds Idaho and Tulsa breathing down their necks for the conference lead.

Of course, Idaho will now have to make up for the loss of Sundiata Gaines, who was called up to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see what affect (if any) the loss of the league's seventh-leading scorer will have on the Stampede.

Also, Tulsa will get some national love on March 13 when they face Rio Grande Valley on the road. The VERSUS Network is scheduled to cover the game live at 11 pm ET. Considering it could be a critical game in the West standings, good call by VERSUS to have this as the D-League nationally televised game of the week. It's the only time Tulsa will appear on VERSUS during the regular season ... but the network will be televising the postseason as well.

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