DETROIT – With Grand Rapids’ loss to the Westchester Knicks on Monday night, the Motor City Cruise have clinched a spot in the 2021-22 NBA G League Playoffs. Seedings for the postseason will be announced at a later date.
With five games left in the regular season, the Cruise have a record of 19-8 and are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference behind Raptors 905, G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors. The top two teams in each conference will earn a first-round bye, while the top four teams will guarantee themselves a home playoff game. The playoffs will begin on April 5 with a single-elimination format up until the Finals, which is a best-of-three series played in the participating teams’ home arenas.
“Clinching a playoff berth in our inaugural season is an incredible accomplishment,” said Cruise President and General Manager, Rob Murphy. “I’m proud of our coaching staff, players, and organization for their commitment, dedication, and sacrifice throughout the season. We’re excited about the opportunity to compete for a championship and continue the winning tradition here in Detroit.”
The Cruise have been led by Derrick Walton Jr., who is averaging 16.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and a league-high 9.5 assists in 20 games. Luka Garza and Saben Lee have also made huge impacts for the Cruise as assignment players. Garza is averaging 20.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 14 games, while Lee is averaging 24.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 7.1 assists in 14 games.
Motor City will be on the road this week as they play two games against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and two games against the Delaware Blue Coats. They will finish the regular season on Saturday, April 2 when they take on the Cleveland Charge at Wayne State Fieldhouse.