Maine Red Claws Opening Night Preview - November 22 vs. Springfield Armor

By Erika Johnson - MaineRedClaws.com

The Maine Red Claws open their 2013-14 season against the Springfield Armor Friday night, November 22, at 7:00 pm at the Portland Expo. This is the first of 10 regular season match-ups between Maine and Springfield.

The Red Claws hold the all-time edge against the Armor with a record of 24-14 including an impressive 17-3 record at the Expo. Maine has won the last four meetings overall and the previous eight at home. Returning Maine guard Jermaine Taylor totaled 49 points while shooting .667 from the field in a single game against Springfield last year. Another returning player, forward Chris Wright, appeared in six games vs. Springfield last season, averaging 19.7 points on .539 shooting and 11.0 rebounds.

Returning players for Springfield include Willie Reed and Dennis Horner. Reed averaged 14.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in nine games against the Red Claws in 2012-13, while Horner appeared in four games, averaging 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. The Armor's only victory against the Red Claws in the 2012-13 season came in Springfield on Jan. 24, with Brooklyn Net assignees Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia combining for 60 points as the Armor walked away with a 123-115 victory.

Come watch the match-up live at the Expo as the Red Claws kick off their fifth season. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive special edition 5-Year Anniversary t-shirts, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Tickets are still available for opening night, to purchase please call our main office at 210-6655 or visit www.maineredclaws.com. If you are unable to attend the game, you can catch the action on Time Warner Cable (local channel 9), online at www.youtube.com/nbadleague or on the Big JAB (96.3 FM).