"How do you like them apples?" Drive to take on Celtics D-League team in Sunday matinee

Having won six of their last seven games to get back above .500 for the first time since Jan. 6, the Grand Rapids Drive will travel to Maine to take on the Red Claws, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics in an afternoon matinee.

Grand Rapids Drive team
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After point guard Ray McCallum signed a 10-day contract with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets on February 3, guards Kevin Murphy and former Celtic Jordan Crawford have stepped up for the Drive. Over the last five games, Murphy has averaged 27.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and Crawford has added 24.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists of his own. The Drive lead the D-League in three-point field goal percentage at 38.1%.

Detroit Pistons assignees Henry Ellenson (17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds) and Michael Gbinije (19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds) have played in four of the last five games for the Drive.

Maine has won four of their last six games since adding former Lakers forward Ryan Kelly. Over that span, Kelly has averaged 24.2 points and 11 rebounds per contest. The Red Claws, whose 22-12 record is good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference and leads the Atlantic Division, also includes mainstays Abdel Nader (22.3 ppg) and Jalen Jones (21.5 ppg).

The game can be seen on the NBADL’s Facebook Live feed at Facebook.com/NBADLeague.