Saturday, December 6 - Final Score:
Home sweet home for the Iowa Energy. The Wells Fargo Arena was crowded with more than 5000 fans, according to the official report, and the basketball D-League atmosphere was unbeatable. The Energy were back in Des Moines, and fans couldn't wait any longer to see their beloved players.
Oh, yeah, that's beautiful, but then...
Then the game started horrible as the score at the end of the first quarter said Delaware 31, Iowa 12. And the match didn't get any better in the second period neither: Delaware 61, Iowa 38.
So I don't know what really happened in the locker rooms because the third quarter was pure Energy festival as they scored 39 points (including some impossibly beautiful points by the supersmooth Jordan Adams. Wait for it and see a sample later) to get back into the game again.
The highlight of the last quarter was the game winner fast break layup by Ferrakohn Hall with one second remaining. So 102-100 for the Energy to inaugurate in a good way the season at home. 4-2 now, another contest at home against the Texas Legends the following day, and midwestern smiles all over in Des Moines.
Things about the game to consider closely:
The Iowa Energy need a center. Hassan Whiteside was a monster in the D-League, true that. And maybe there are not a lot of good centers availables right now, but something has to be done, because only with the good effort by Henderson-Niles not many important games are going to become in victories.
Kalin Lucas needs to stop shooting. Seriously. 38% FG, 20% 3PT, and 62% FT are not the numbers NBA scouts want to see in D-League prospects. Iowa Energy fans neither.
Diante Garrett played awesome. 27 points in 41 minutes. 11-18 shooting and 5-9 three-pointers.
Jordan Adams is smooth as hell, and Energy fans already love him. There are smooth and effortless-like guys like Adams in every sport. But not many (maybe I should tell the story of why I became a surfing fan after watching the Aussie Joel Parkinson riding waves like he was taking a siesta in his sofa. He made me think that surfing was really easy. So then I tried. And during the first morning in the water, I had lost my pair of contact lenses in the middle of the ocean, my right feet was bleeding, and the surfboard of my Scottish bro' knocked me out in what it was my last so-called wave ridden for the day. Then I knew for certain that surfing was not easy at all, and I learned too that Joel Parkinson was called "The Smooth and the Effortless Surfer" for more than a couple of reasons). Jordan Adams is that SMOOTH and definitely makes basketball look really easy. Just look at this,
And he played awesome as well in the only 19 minutes he got. 18 points on 6-10 shooting with 2-4 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. He couldn't play any better. He is awesome. He knows it. And the best thing is that he doesn't even care.
So yeah, Iowa Energy (4-2) 102, Delaware 87ers (3-4) 100.
Stay tuned for the next game, at home again, December 7, against the Texas Legends.
One second. I totally forgot we are already there...
Sunday, December 7 - Final Score:
My bad. I confess I did not watch the game. Memphis Grizzlies were playing against the Miami Heat, and even if watching half hour of Adams playing is always worth the time, enjoying the pleasure of watching Wade playing (I love his game) while losing at FedExForum is way too funnier.
But wait a minute. A lost at home by more than 20 points? That's just horrible.
Who were the Energy killers this time?
Renaldo Balkman with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Doron Lamb with 18 points. And Damien James with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Considering those number of rebounds by the Legends, and looking at the Energy's box score, I'm feeling like a déjà vu. About Saturday's game I said that the Iowa Energy need a center, that Lucas has to stop shooting, and that Garrett and Adams are awesome and the best players of the team.
And what happen in today's game?
The starting center for the Energy Henderson-Niles got 1 rebound in 24 minutes of action, Lucas shot 3-10 and Christopher 3-14, and Diante Garrett and Jordan Adams were the top performers for the Iowa Energy squad:
Diante Garrett: 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 37 minutes.
Jordan Adams: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 steals in 39 minutes.
And that was all from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Iowa Energy (4-3) 84, Texans Legends (6-3) 106.
Stay tuned for the next game, on the road again, December 12, against the Sioux Falls Skyforce.