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The Hustle Report: Week 9 of the Hustle’s Inaugural Season

Hustle went 1-2, but at least we’ve got pictures!

Memphis Hustle v Sioux Falls Skyforce Photo by Dave Eggen/NBAE via Getty Images

Week 9 Results

Memphis Hustle (9-13) 104 @ Reno Bighorns 133

Northern Arizona Suns 108 @ Memphis Hustle 120 (10-13)

Reno Bighorns 118 @ Memphis Hustle 113 (10-14)

Week 9 Storylines

  • Hustle defeat Suns with only 6 players
  • Hustle fall to Bighorns twice in one week

Game 22 Breakdown

Memphis Hustle v South Bay Lakers Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Jordon Crawford- 21 points, 5 assists, 2 steals
  • Marquis Teague- 20 points, 8 assists
  • Austin Nichols- 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Ivan Rabb- 17 points, 7 rebounds
  • Vince Hunter- 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks

The Hustle got blown out by the Reno Bighorns in their second game of a back-to-back. The game wasn’t close and the Hustle gave up 72 points in the paint, which might be an opponent career high against the team. The Hustle just simply weren’t ready for the Bighorns their victory against the Stars the night before. There’s not much to take away from this game other than Jordon Crawford having his best game.

Game 23 Breakdown

Memphis Hustle v South Bay Lakers Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Dusty Hannahs- 33 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Vince Hunter- 29 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks
  • Durand Scott- 21 points, 14 rebounds
  • Austin Nichols- 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Marquis Teague- 13 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists
  • Chance Comanche- 11 points, 14 rebounds

The Hustle defeated the Suns despite only having 6 players available in what may go down as the best win of the season. Behind Dusty Hannahs’ career high (also a franchise high) 33 points, the Hustle were able to overcome the absence of Omari Johnson, Trahson Burrell and Jordon Crawford to defeat the Suns. The Suns aren’t very good, but it’s a testament to this Hustle team they were able to win, handedly, with only 6 available players. The Hustle were down 40-26 after the 1st quarter, but a 36-15 second quarter fueled their comeback in the winning effort. All in all, it was a great game for the Hustle to overcome adversity.

Game 24 Breakdown

Memphis Hustle v Sioux Falls Skyforce Photo by Dave Eggen/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Marquis Teague- 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
  • Durand Scott- 21 points, 4 rebounds
  • Vince Hunter- 18 points, 12 rebounds
  • Trahson Burrell- 14 points, 10 rebounds
  • Ivan Rabb- 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks

The Hustle nearly got revenge against the Bighorns Tuesday night before being outscored 15 points in the fourth quarter to give them their second loss to the team from Reno in less than a week. It was a much better effort from the Hustle, but the 4th quarter woes that plagued this team earlier in the season came back to cost them the game. GBB’s Mac Trammel was in attendance, and you can see his full recap here. Also huge shoutout to Mac for finding the Hustle pictures in our queue, so no more pictures from 2014 here on out!

MVP of the Week - Marquis Teague

Memphis Hustle v South Bay Lakers Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Teague averaged 19.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists this past week, leading the Hustle’s efforts this week. Teague continues to be a steady hand for this Hustle team and Coach Cyprien has already mentioned multiple times he’s not sure how long Teague will be with the Hustle once NBA teams are allowed to sign players to 10-day contracts. Teague was a bright spot in an otherwise underwhelming week results wise.

Numbers to Know

13.9: In 13 games since the middle of November, Ivan Rabb is averaging 13.9 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. Those numbers aren’t bad, but they’re not the dominate stats Rabb put up the first week and a half of the season. It seems like being called up (and down) from the Grizzlies is having a negative effect on Rabb’s play with the Hustle as he hasn’t seemed as comfortable as before. Obviously, the experience Rabb is getting from being with the Grizzlies is better long-term, but the Hustle miss the Rabb of old, nonetheless.

51.6: The Hustle averaged nearly 52 rebounds a game last week, jumping them back up in the top 5 in the G-League in rebounds per game. Rebounding has been a huge X-factor for the Hustle this year. They seem to play better and win in games in which they limit the other teams second chance points, and points in the paint, by rebounding the ball dominantly.

7.3: Continuing the theme of play down low, the Hustle averaged 7.3 blocks per game last week. Same as when they’re rebounding, the Hustle play better when they’re able to alter and block opponent shots at the rim. Coincidentally, the Hustle picked up their blocking numbers with Vince Hunter and Ivan Rabb getting some run with the squad

Week 9 Grade - B

Sioux City Skyforce v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The Hustle’s original loss to the Bighorns was disappointing to say the least, but the effort Tuesday night showed the team learned from the blowout earlier in the week, despite giving up the lead late in the game. The New Years Eve game was an amazing performance from both the players and coaches. Winning a game with only 6 players takes a ton of heart and effort when the team could have easily called it quits after the 1st quarter. The losses sting, but not a terrible week for the Hustle.

Week 10 Preview

Rio Grande Valley Vipers v Memphis Hustle Photo by Justin Ford/NBAE via Getty Images

Oklahoma City Blue (12-11) @ Memphis Hustle 01/04 (Tonight!) 7 PM

Memphis Hustle @ Rio Grande Valley Vipers (15-9) 01/06 7 PM

Game 25 Preview: The Hustle finally get a short week, after playing 3 games a week for the past month or so. Unfortunately, it will still be a tough week as the Hustle play two tough teams starting with the OKC Blue. The Hustle are 0-2 against the Blue this season, but nearly won the second matchup. The Hustle will need to do a better job slowing down Bryce Alford and Myke Henry who have killed the Hustle so far this season.

Game 26 Preview: The Hustle will follow up their game with the Blue by visiting the Vipers in Rio Grande. The Hustle are also 0-2 against the Vipers, although the first matchup came down to a Briante Weber buzzer-beater for the win. The Hustle will need to slow down the former Grizzlies Weber and Troy Williams if they want to earn their first victory against the Vipers squad. Containing the Vipers 3 point shooting will also be a major key in a Hustle victory.

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