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The Hustle Report: Recapping Week 11 of the Hustle’s Inaugural Season

The Hustle impress at the G-League showcase

NBA G-League Showcase - Lakeland Magic v Memphis Hustle Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images

Week 11 Results

Lakeland Magic 117 @ Memphis Hustle 108 (10-17)

Memphis Hustle (11-17) 124 @ Maine Red Claws 119

Memphis Hustle (11-18) 109 @ Texas Legends 119

Week 11 Storylines

  • Hustle perform well at G-League Showcase
  • Grizzlies sign Myke Henry to two-way, waive Vince Hunter
  • Trahson Burrell registers Hustle’s first ever triple-double

Game 27 Breakdown

G-League Showcase - Memphis Hustle v Maine Red Claws Photo by A.J. Messier/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Austin Nichols- 23 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block
  • Vince Hunter- 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
  • Durand Scott- 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Marquis Teague- 13 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Trahson Burrell- 12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists

The Hustle lost a close game against the Lakeland Magic in their first game of the G-League showcase. The Hustle led most of the game, but a late Magic rally lead by Rodney Purvis gave the Magic the win. The Hustle’s 4th quarter woes continued as the team seems to have trouble putting teams away late in games.

The game marked the return of Kobi Simmons, who had been spending his time with the Grizzlies, but he was quiet in his 12 minutes of action. This loss stings a little less than most, as a majority of the players played well enough to impress some NBA scouts in the first game of the showcase. Vince Hunter had a solid last game with the Hustle and should be picked up by another team before the end of the year.

Game 28 Breakdown

G-League Showcase - Memphis Hustle v Maine Red Claws Photo by A.J. Messier/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Myke Henry- 26 points, 3 rebounds
  • Marquis Teague- 25 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Austin Nichols- 17 points, 5 rebounds
  • Durand Scott- 15 points, 3 rebounds
  • Trahson Burrell- 15 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals

The Hustle responded from the Magic loss with a comeback of their own against the Maine Red Claws. Lead by new two-way player Myke Henry, the Hustle overcame a 12 point second half deficit to win. Trahson Burrell registered the Hustle’s first ever triple-double in the game while Austin Nichols, Marquis Teague and Durand Scott continued their strong play in the G-League showcase. It was quite the debut for Myke Henry, who scored 15 of his 26 points in the 4th quarter including a solo 8-0 run to help seal the win.

Game 29 Breakdown

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Key Stats

  • Durand Scott- 19 points, 3 assists
  • Marquis Teague- 16 points, 4 assists, 2 steals
  • Myke Henry- 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Kobi Simmons- 14 points, 6 assists
  • Austin Nichols- 13 points, 8 rebounds

The Hustle followed up their performance at the G-League showcase with a loss to the Texas Legends in a game that saw the Hustle offense struggle greatly. The team shot 43% from the field and 28% from beyond the arc, which is much lower than their season average. The Hustle looked like a team that had been on the road for nearly a week, playing tired and worn out following the showcase.

The big story in this game was former Memphis Grizzlies point guard Wade Baldwin IV going off for 30 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal. Last week I predicted a revenge game from Baldwin, and he made sure to show up Tuesday night.

MVP of the Week - Marquis Teague

NBA G-League Showcase - Lakeland Magic v Memphis Hustle Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images

It was a well balanced week for the Hustle, with Teague getting the MVP nod just over the likes of Durand Scott and Austin Nichols. Teague continues to be a steady player for the Hustle, averaging 18 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in last weeks games. With Kobi Simmons in and out of the lineup, Teague has stepped up to make sure the Hustle have a steady hand at the point guard position.

Numbers to Know

16.1: Memphis Grizzlies/Hustle newcomer Myke Henry is a familiar name to those who have watched the Hustle this season. Henry has gone off for high scoring games the 3 times the Hustle played the Blue this season. On the year, Henry is averaging 16 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. He’ll bring a strong and efficient offensive presence to both the Grizzlies and the Hustle.

18.5: I typically don’t highlight non-Hustle players, but I felt the need to point out that Baldwins revenge game against the Hustle wasn’t an anomaly for him this season. In 11 games since he returned from injury in mid-December, Baldwin is averaging 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists. To compare, he’d lead the Hustle in points per game when compared to all players who have played 11 or more games. Obviously succeeding in the G-League is much easier than the NBA, but it’s beginning to look like the Grizzlies messed up letting Baldwin go over Mario Chalmers.

34.5%: Kobi Simmons has struggled since his return to the Hustle last week, especially with his shot. Kobi shot 34.5% from the field last week, going 1-7 from 3, while averaging only 9 points and 4 assists per game. Similar to Ivan Rabb, Simmons’ time with the Grizzlies, although beneficial, has made it more difficult for him to keep up with what the Hustle are doing on the court. Kobi is a dynamic player and his numbers will start to look better once his continuity with the Hustle begins again.

Week 11 Grade - B

NBA G-League Showcase - Lakeland Magic v Memphis Hustle Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images

Overall it was a good week for the Hustle. Wins and losses are less important in the G-League, so the 1-2 record doesn’t hurt the team here. They had a strong showing at the G-League showcase, with many players making a name for themselves in front of NBA scouts. With their performances last week, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Marquis Teague or Trahson Burrell get a 10-day contract from an NBA team in the coming weeks.

Week 12 Preview

G-League Showcase - Memphis Hustle v Maine Red Claws Photo by A.J. Messier/NBAE via Getty Images

Memphis Hustle @ Oklahoma City Blue (16-11) 1/21 2 PM CT

Game 30 Preview: The Hustle have a light schedule ahead of them this week as they only play one game between now and next Saturday. That one game is against Myke Henry’s former squad, the Oklahoma City Blue. The Hustle are 0-3 against the Blue but the addition of Henry should help them in their final matchup of the season. The Blue are still a strong squad without Henry, lead by Daniel Hamilton, Markel Brown and Bryce Alford. The Hustle will need to be on their A game defensively to slow down the high-scoring Blue offense. A win against the Blue would avoid a season sweep, as well as help the Hustle get a game closer to the Midwest division leading Blue.

With the light schedule this week, the Hustle will get some much needed practice and rest. The days off should allow Coach Cyprien plenty of time to get Myke Henry more integrated into the system and familiar with the game plan. It will also allow Myke to spend some time with the Grizzlies (not even using any of his 45 days) as the team practices at FedExForum.

The break gives the Hustle the chance to regroup as a team and get ready for a late season push as the schedule picks back up late January.

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