Now more than halfway through the regular season, NBA G League Ignite continues to make its G League playoff push on Wednesday when the team takes on the Memphis Hustle at 3 p.m. from AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The action airs live on ESPN2.
Jalen Green has scored in double figures in all eight games this season to lead Ignite with 17.6 points per game. The rookie is coming off his fourth 20-point performance of the season, scoring 21 in the loss to Long Island. His rookie teammates round out Ignite’s top four scoring leaders with Jonathan Kuminga (16.6), Isaiah Todd (11.0) and Daishen Nix (9.6) all sitting in the top four. Nix also leads Ignite in assists at 5.3 per game.
Memphis is on a two-game skid after close losses to Erie (107-103) and Raptors 905 (119-117), led by Tyrell Terry’s 18.4 points per game. Ahmad Caver is shooting 52.4 percent (11-21) from downtown, good for fifth in the league, and is among the top three in steals per game (2.4, 3rd). On the defensive end, Freddie Gillespie is seventh among league leaders for his 2.0 blocks per game average.
LAST TIME OUT
Ignite dropped the second game of a back-to-back, falling to the Long Island Nets, 109-97, Monday at AdventHealth Arena.
Jalen Green led Ignite with an efficient 8-12 shooting day for 21 points, and Donta Hall added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Eight fourth-quarter turnovers doomed Ignite as the Nets scored 28 points off Ignite’s 21 total turnovers, and Long Island shot 52.1 percent for the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
Jalen Green connected on a career-high five 3-pointers in the loss to Long Island, going 5-6 from beyond the arc and 8-12 overall for an efficient 21-point shooting performance. The game marked Green’s fourth 20-point outing of the season.
Donta Hall scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half against Long Island. He pulled down 12 rebounds to round out a double-double effort — his third double-double of the season.
Amir Johnson is averaging 14.5 points in the last two games, setting a season-high 11 points against Westchester on Thursday before following it up with an 18-point performance against Greensboro. In that span, he is shooting 62.5 percent (10-16).