Hustle enter 23-day hiatus from home following Thursday’s game
The Memphis Hustle will finish a three-game home stand Thursday against Midwest Division rival Oklahoma City Blue at 7p.m. Oklahoma City won the previous two meetings this season. Thursday’s game will be the last chance for Hustle fans to see their team up close for 23 days when the team leaves for the NBA G League Showcase in addition to three true road games. Thursday’s game is Wrestling Night at Landers Center and will serve as a precursor to the following evening’s Wrestling Night at FedExForum when the Grizzlies take on the Washington Wizards. Tickets for Thursday’s game 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.
- Great Scott: Durand Scott has come on strong of late, posting 20-or-more points in both of his last two games and three of his last five, including a 21-point, 14-rebound effort against Northern Arizona on Christmas Day. Over his last five games, Scott is averaging 17.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 55.2 percent from the field.
- Boardwalk Empire: The Hustle rank third in the NBA G League in rebounds per game (46.5) and offensive rebounds per game (13.1). Oklahoma City ranks just 21st in offensive boards (10.3) and 17th in total rebounds (44.2).
- Protect the Paint: In three of its last five games, the Hustle have scored at least 70 points in the paint and have won all three such games. In the team’s Christmas Day tilt in Sioux Falls, the Hustle scored 86 of their 131 points from the painted area.
- For the entire season, the Hustle are 8-3 when outscoring their opponent in the paint, but 2-11 when its opponent scores more in the paint.
- Protect the Ball Too: Oklahoma City ranks third in the NBA G League by forcing 19.4 turnovers per game and scoring 22.9 points off turnovers per game.
- Super Six: In Memphis’ previous game against Northern Arizona, the Hustle had just six available players and still managed to get the win in a gutsy effort. All six players scored in double digits, four of the six posted double-doubles and all six had career highs in minutes, with no player accumulating less than 30 for the game.
- Blue forward Cullen Russo spent 2017 training camp with the Hustle. His draft rights were acquired in a trade with Canton on the day of this year’s NBA G League Draft when Russo was selected in the first round (19th overall).
- Hustle forward Omari Johnson and Blue guard Markel Brown were briefly teammates on the Maine Red Claws in 2015.
- Blue forward Justin Leon played his high school ball at Conway High School in Conway, Ark.