Isaiah Canaan (G) -- Assignment
Robert Covington (F) -- Assignment
Darius Morris (G) -- No. 2 Prospect
The Vipers were 24-8 through Feb. 18 with a defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) of 108.9. They're 6-12 since with a defensive rating of 117.4, last in the NBA D-League over that stretch.
Two months ago, RGV looked like a good bet to repeat as champion with a third title in the last five years. Now the Vipers are the ultimate wild card entering the playoffs. It's not the usual "live by the three, die by the three" mantra that's doomed them; actually their ridiculous pace and long-range shooting (46 attempts per game) have been consistent all year long. It's their league-worst defense that needs to be shored up ASAP or else RGV will continue to get beat at its own game.
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