RED CLAWS TO OPEN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS AT HOME THURSDAY
Maine(8) to Face Rio Grande Valley (2) in Best-of-Three First Round

PORTLAND, ME April 7, 2013)– The Maine Red Claws will take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the first round of the 2013 NBA Development League Playoffs. As the lower seed, Maine will host the opening game of the series with second, and if necessary, third game of the series being played in Hildalgo, TX:

Game 1 - Thursday, April 11, Rio Grande Valley @ Maine at 7 PM
Game 2- Saturday, April 13, Maine @ Rio Grande Valley at 7 PM
Game 3 (if necessary) - Monday, April 15, Maine @ Rio Grande Valley at 7 PM

Maine will enter the playoffs as the 8th seed and were selected by Rio Grande Valley, the 2nd seed, as their first round opponent. In the NBADL, the three division winners select their first round opponent from the 5th – 8th seeds. Each of the three rounds of the NBA Development League Playoffs will be a best-of-three series with the low seed hosting the opening game and the high seed hosting games 2 and 3, if necessary.

The Red Claws and Vipers faced each other twice this season with Rio Grande Valley winning both games. The two teams have been infrequent opponents, meeting just eleven times over four seasons. RGV holds the decisive edge in the all-time series, 1-10. Red Claws head coach Mike Taylor served as the Vipers Assistant Coach last season before being hired by the Boston Celtics to lead the Red Claws this season.

2012-13 marks the first time the Red Claws have qualified for the postseason in the team’s four-season history. The team just missed the playoffs in 2009-10 by virtue of a tiebreaker. Maine’s 3rd place East Division finish was the top finish in team history, surpassing the team’s 4th place Eastern Conference finish in its inaugural season of 2009-10. The nine NBA contracts signed by two players (Shelvin Mack – Washington (1), Philadelphia (2), Atlanta (3) and DaJuan Summers – LA Clippers (3)) this season is also a team-high; the previous high was five (Mario West –Atlanta (3), New Jersey and Magnum Rolle – Atlanta) in 2009-10.

PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW: Tickets for the Red Claws first round game will go on sale tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM and will be available at the Red Claws Team Store located at 413 Congress Street in Portland, by phone at 207-210-6655 or online at www.maineredclaws.com or