Snapshot: Brooks in D-League

MarShon Brooks scored 36 points on 14-of-28 shooting in the Maine Red Claws' loss to Tulsa on Sunday. A glimpse at his game log over the first three games of his D-League assignment:


The departure of Courtney Lee opens up some minutes in Boston's backcourt. Those would seem likely to fall to newly acquired Jerryd Bayless, who could split ball-handling duties with Jordan Crawford in a reserve backcourt (once Rajon Rondo returns to game action).

But Brooks, the third-year guard acquired by Boston during the summer blockbuster with the Nets, could see an increased opportunity as well. He's played only 61 minutes in nine games this season, stuck deep on the depth chart behind guys like Lee. The guard spots are still crowded as Rondo nears a return, but Brooks, with a little confidence-booster and reps in the D-League, is more prepared for that opportunity when it comes.

The Red Claws play five more games over the next eight days, all out west, which could give Brooks even more game action, while keeping him close to the Celtics as they navigate the final four games of a five-game trip out west.