Hustle return home after three-game trip; face Austin Spurs

By Geoff Langham | December 21, 2017

Fans get in free when dressing as their favorite Christmas character

The Memphis Hustle return to Landers Center after a three-game road trip to take on the Austin Spurs on Friday at 7 p.m. The team went 1-2 on the trip, with a win at Santa Cruz and each loss coming down to the wire. The Spurs currently sit at 11-7 and second in the Southwest Division. The Spurs will take on the Agua Caliente Clippers Thursday night before traveling to the Mid-South the next day.

Fans can welcome the Hustle home from the road trip by adorning their best holiday gear on Friday when the squad takes on the Spurs. Those who arrive at Landers Center dressed as Santa or any other holiday-themed character will receive a free ticket to the game.

Tickets  are still available starting at $10 and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-HOOP.

Hustle Stats

–  Rabbid: Grizzlies assignee Ivan Rabb is currently one of three NBA G League players (Jameel Warney, Texas; Amile Jefferson, Iowa) averaging 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. The rookie had a monster game against the South Bay Lakers on Dec. 17, scoring 23 points (10-13 FG, 2-2 3P) to go with a Hustle season highs of 16 rebounds and five blocks. Rabb also dished out five assists.

– Cleanup Crew: Both teams are among the league leaders in offensive rebounds and blocked shots. The Hustle rank fifth in offensive rebounds (12.4) and tied for third in blocked shots (6.2). Austin ranks sixth in offensive rebounds (12.0) and is tied with Memphis for blocks.

– Teague On Fire: Starting point guard Marquis Teague averaged 23.7 points per game on the team’s three-game road swing, including a 26 point performance at Santa Cruz. The Kentucky product is one of two players in the NBA G League (Quinn Cook, Santa Cruz) averaging at least 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 42 percent from three-point range.

–  Taking a Chance: Rookie center Chance Comanche had his two best games of the season on the Hustle’s recent road trip. At Santa Cruz, he posted career highs of 15 points (7-10 FG) and eight rebounds. In Tuesday’s matchup at Iowa, Comanche tallied 14 points and five rebounds in his first career start.

Familiar Faces

–  Spurs guard Jordan Green was at Texas A&M for all three seasons that Hustle head coach Glynn Cyprien was an assistant coach (2011-14).

–  Spurs forward Daniel Alexander spent two seasons at Texas A&M (2011-13) while Cyprien was an assistant coach.

–  Hustle rookie Kobi Simmons and Spurs rookie Jaron Blossomgame are both Atlanta natives.

–   Spurs forward Matt Costello played for the Iowa Energy last season while Cyprien was interim head coach.

–  Simmons, Hustle center Chance Comanche and Spurs guard Nick Johnson all played collegiately at Arizona.