NBA G League Ignite’s (7-5) hunt for a spot in the G League playoffs continues Wednesday against the Agua Caliente Clippers (3-9). Ignite and the Clippers tip off at 3 p.m., live on ESPNU from AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
After opening the season with four consecutive wins, Ignite has yet to string together another winning streak and is 3-3 in its last six outings despite strong individual performances from its rookies. The team remains in the top eight among G League teams but has yet to clinch a berth in the single-elimination playoffs, which begin March 8.
Emanuel Terry is seventh in the G League in field goal percentage, shooting 64.2 percent (52-81) and is one of five Clippers averaging double figures. Tyrone Wallace paces Agua Caliente with 17.5 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT
The Delaware Blue Coats shot 48.6 percent from 3-point range and connected on 18 3-pointers to hand Ignite its fifth loss of the season, 120-92.
Jonathan Kuminga led Ignite with his second consecutive double-double, tallying 19 points and 11 rebounds alongside four assists and a block, but it was Ignite’s veterans who did most of the heavy lifting. Cody Demps shot 4-5 from downtown to put up a season-high 14 points, and Brandon Ashley also scored 14 points plus six rebounds. Reggie Hearn set a season-best 9-point total and Amir Johnson was a perfect 4-4 from the floor, scoring all eight of his points in the third quarter.
Ignite committed 21 turnovers, which cost the team 23 points, and was outrebounded by the Blue Coats 54-41.
BY THE NUMBERS
Cody Demps shot 4-5 from 3-point range against Delaware, scoring a season-high 14 points. Prior to Monday’s action against the Blue Coats, Demps had connected on just two 3-pointers all season and was 2-13 from beyond the arc.
Jonathan Kuminga scored 15 of his 19 points against the Blue Coats in the second half. Kuminga shot 2-10 in the first half before returning for the second half with an efficient 3-5 performance from the floor, plus a 4-7 clip at the free throw line.
Isaiah Todd is shooting a team-high 80.0 percent from the free throw line (min. 10 makes), going 12-15 at the stripe this season.