March 27, 2010
With a win on Wednesday night, the Skyforce clinched a spot in the playoffs. The berth came on a 111-108 victory over the Maine Red Claws. That makes the 14th time in 21 seasons that the Skyforce make it past the regular season.
Ever since the departure of star forward Reggie Williams, the Skyforce have continued their success and built upon their momentum leading into the final stretch of the season. The team has won seven of the last ten games, averaging 104.9 points per game in that span. As previously noted, Alexander Johnson has emerged as Sioux Falls' newest leader, posting impressive numbers for the season; 22.8 points, 11 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
With postseason aspirations in their grasp, the prospect of a title is in sight. But the Iowa Energy and Rio Grande Valley Vipers seem like the heavy favorites. Perhaps some of the "March Madness" we are seeing this month can leak into the D-League and prevail in April.
With that said, April 7th marks the opening night of the NBA D-League postseason. The playoff format includes a best-of-three series throughout each round. Champions of their respective conferences will qualify for the postseason, along with the next six teams with the best overall regular season records.
The final D-League regular season game is scheduled for April 3rd. Fans can visit nbadleague.com for the latest playoff seedings and match-ups.