April 11, 2014 |
The D-Fenders dropped the first game of the NBA D-League quarterfinals Thursday night, falling to the Santa Cruz Warriors, 140-127. Seth Curry, brother of Golden State Warriors All-Star Steph Curry, scored 44 points to help the Warriors outscore the D-Fenders, 12-4, during a crucial late fourth-quarter run. The D-Fenders were led by Terrence Williams with 27 points. Former Lakers forward Shawne Williams scored 10 points and had eight rebounds. With the first game of the best-of-three series in Santa Cruz, the final two will be held at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, assuming the D-Fenders can force a Game 3 with a win on Saturday night.
April 6, 2014 |
The Los Angeles D-Fenders (31-19) will host the Santa Cruz Warriors (29-21) in the first round of the NBA Development League postseason. After finishing the regular season with the second overall seed, the D-Fenders were given the right to pick their playoff opponent after the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (34-16) chose the Reno Bighorns (27-23). The D-Fenders and Warriors split eight games during the regular season. The first game will be on Thursday in Santa Cruz. The series shifts to the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo for Game 2 on Saturday and, if necessary, a Game 3 on Tuesday.
April 1, 2014 |
The Lakers (25-48) won't make the postseason but their NBA Development League counterpart will. The D-Fenders (30-17) clinched the D-League's West division on Monday night, defeating the Reno Bighorns (27-21), 119-108. Former Laker Shawne Williams scored 19 while Brandon Costner led the team with 24. Williams is averaging 20.4 points a game through 19 appearances with the D-Fenders, significantly more than the 5.6 a night he tallied through 36 games with the Lakers. The D-Fenders have one home game Wednesday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, against the Erie BayHawks, then they'll wrap up the regular season with two road games on Friday (Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
March 21, 2014 |
Former Lakers forward Manny Harris recently left the D-Fenders to play in Turkey with Turk Telekom Ankara. Harris played through a pair of 10-day contracts with the Lakers, averaging 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds over nine appearances. After the Lakers decided not to re-sign him for the remainder of the season, he rejoined the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate D-Fenders. Through 22 games in the D-League, Harris averaged 31.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game. He was named NBA D-League performer of the week twice.
March 17, 2014 |
Former Lakers forward Shawne Williams on Monday was named NBA Development League performer of the week. Playing for the Lakers' D-League affiliate, Williams is the third D-Fender to win the honor this season, joining Manny Harris, who also played with the Lakers this season, and Terrence Williams. At 25-15, the D-Fenders are in first place in the West Division, having a better season than the 22-44 Lakers. OFFICIAL: Shawne Williams has been named @nbadleague Performer of the Week, he averaged 26.3 pts, 7.3 reb & 2.7 blk pic.twitter.com/qXW3fP8PV9 - L.A. D-Fenders (@DFenders)
March 2, 2014 |
Xavier Henry made his second appearance with the D-Fenders (20-15) on Saturday night, scoring 19 points in a 137-126 overtime loss to the Legends (17-22) in Texas. The Lakers assigned Henry to the NBA Development League on Thursday as part of the 6-foot-6 swingman's rehabilitation from a knee injury. Henry was injured in a Lakers' loss on Dec. 29 to the Philadelphia 76ers, suffering a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus. Former Lakers guard Manny Harris scored 30 points for the D-Fenders, including a layup in the final moments of regulation to force overtime.