Claws start off season with loss

Posted by: MBR on Sat Nov 26th, 2011 7:38 am
Claws start off season with lossTurnovers and first-game butterflies take a toll on the Maine team as it loses to the Armor, 94-87, in Springfield.By FRAN SYPEK SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - While the NBA is still trying to settle its labor dispute, the D-League opened Friday night and the Maine Red Claws look very much like a work in progress.One thing the Red Claws might want to work on is cutting down on turnovers, which cost them dearly in their season-opening, 94-87 loss to the Springfield Armor before 2,520 people at the MassMutual Center.Last season, Springfield beat Maine, 88-85, in its home opener. But this is a different Maine team, with a new coaching staff and a host of new players."They made a few more plays than we did, and we gave the ball back by offensive rebounds and turnovers," said first-year Red Claws Coach Dave Leitaofor full story ... 11-26.html