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Venom From The Valley: RGV clinches playoff berth

The Vipers have officially punched their ticket to the 2017 NBA D-League playoffs.

NBA vet Darius Morris continues to lead the Vipers this season.
Onydia Garza

Rio Grande Valley, Your Reservation Is Confirmed

For yet another season, there will be playoff basketball in the Valley. RGV clinched a playoff birth last weekend, and they will look to improve on last year’s first round exit.

The Vipers are playing well at the right time. Darius Morris and a fully healed Isaiah Taylor form a deadly 1-2 punch handling the ball. Jaron Johnson’s addition down the stretch has been huge.

The extra offense from Johnson and fellow newcomer Troy Williams allows Gary Payton II to focus on defense, rebounding and running the floor. His best-case scenario is in that role, not being counted on as a primary offensive weapon.

The Three Most Venomous Vipers:

Jaron Johnson: The late-season signing has come up big for the Vipers. He scored over 20 points in two of the last three games, and provides another rim attacker to the Vipers’ roster.

Darius Morris: An NBA veteran, Morris provides steady, quality production for RGV. He is a shot maker, and is great at organizing the offensive attack.

Isaiah Taylor: He was explosive to start the season, and is starting to showcase why fans were so excited about his future. The former Texas Longhorn hit a late layup to win the game that secured RGV’s playoff spot. No wonder Daryl Morey gave him a contract.

Rental Rockets Report:

Chinanu Onuaku has scored double-digit points in each of his last three games with RGV. He was huge in the team’s win over Salt Lake City, finishing with 10 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks.

Must See Matchups:

3/30 vs. Texas Legends

The regular season home finale for RGV in 2017.

4/1 vs. Iowa Energy

The final regular season game for the Vipers, as they take on last place Iowa on the road.