Week 2 Results
Rio Grande Valley Vipers 111 @ Memphis Hustle 124 (1-2)
Austin Spurs 86 @ Memphis Hustle 132 (2-2)
Windy City Bulls 92 @ Memphis Hustle 110 (3-2)
Week 2 Headlines
- Jevon Carter steps up as early leader for Hustle
- Yuta is more than just a PR move
- Hustle blow out defending G-League champ in 3-0 week
Game 3 Breakdown
- Jevon Carter- 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
- Yuta Watanabe- 25 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
- Doral Moore- 14 points, 5 rebounds
- Brandon Goodwin- 13 points, 4 assists
The Memphis Hustle won their home opener by blowing out the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, getting revenge for their season opening loss to the Vipers. I was fortunate to be in attendance for the game and you can check my recap out here.
Game 4 Breakdown
- Jevon Carter- 19 points, 4 assists, 4 steals
- Brandon Goodwin- 17 points, 6 rebounds
- Tanner McGrew- 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
- Tyler Harvey- 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
The Memphis Hustle had their second game of their 6 game home stand Sunday afternoon and I’m pretty sure the Austin Spurs thought it was a night game. The Hustle jumped out to an early lead on the defending G-League champs and never looked back. The Hustle held Jaron Blossomgame, who averages 31 points per game, to just 14 in the matinee game.
The Hustle defense was great, and it lead to an abundance of points on the offensive end, scoring 25 points off turnover and 29 points on the fast break. Truly a dominant effort and a statement win early in the season.
Game 5 Breakdown
- Brandon Goodwin- 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
- Markel Crawford- 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals
- Jevon Carter- 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals
- Doral Moore- 10 points, 8 rebounds
The Hustle were set up for a let down against the Windy City Bulls as they were without both Yuta Watanabe and D.J. Stephens in the matchup. The dynamic backcourt of Brandon Goodwin and Jevon Carter had other thoughts as they lead the Hustle to yet another blowout win in front of the Southaven faithful. Markel Crawford, who got the start for the missing D.J. Stephens, played a great all around game for the Hustle. The Hustle defense was outstanding again, holding the Bulls to just 92 points, which is great in the G-League.
MVP of the Week - Jevon Carter
Carter stepped up big time for the Hustle this week. Averaging over 20 points per game, to go along with 4 steals per contest is a great stat line for a player who has now played a total of 5 games in the G-League. With an NBA contract already in his pocket, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Grizzlies decided Jevon is too good for the G-League and let him get more time with the big league squad. Jevon was able to work on his facilitating more this week, which is a key focus on the Grizzlies developmental staff. His veteran-like presence has also played a huge role in the Hustle’s success at home this early in the season.
77: The Hustle outscored their opponents by 77 points over the first 3 games of their home stand. They flat out dominated their opponents this week and looked great while doing it. The Hustle may have the best offense in Memphis, and I’m only partially kidding.
96: After giving up 119 and 126 to the Vipers and Skyforce last week, the Hustle held their opponents to an average of 96 points per game this past week. The Hustle embracing the new Grit-N-Grind mentally to match the Grizzlies has paid huge dividends for the team, as the defensive mentality has led the team to some dominant victories.
9: Part of that defensive success is due to the 9 blocks per game the team averages. It’s not just down low with Doral Moore, either. Jevon Carter and Yuta Watanabe have gotten in on the block party action as well. The threat of the block will cause the opposition to think twice before putting up a shot against this Hustle defense.
Week 2 Grade - A
I’m not sure if Brad Jones could have asked for a better week from his team. They completely dominated all 3 games in front of their home crowd and got their record back to above .500. Avenging the opening season loss is just the cherry on top. There’s not much else to say, it was a great week for the Hustle.
Week 3 Preview
Sioux Falls Skyforce (6-0) @ Memphis Hustle 11/17 7 PM CT
Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2-1) @ Memphis Hustle 11/21 7 PM CT
The Hustle will get a redemption shot against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Sunday in a rematch of the second game of the season. The Hustle nearly won on a Dusty Hannahs’ 3-pointer, but Duncan Robinson answered with a game-winning 3 of his own. The Skyforce are arguably the best team in the G-League right now with Robinson and Yante Maten dominating on the offensive end. The Hustle will look to get revenge, as well as hand the Skyforce their first loss of the season.
The Hustle will then kick off their Thanksgiving festivities with a matchup against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Mad Ants are lead by Alize Johnson, Ben Moore, and
MyPlayer from 2K. The Hustle defensive will need to continue their dominance to slow down this high scoring duo. It will be important for the Hustle to not be looking ahead to the Thanksgiving break, and focus on the Mad Ants for 48 minutes.
Have a great week, Hustle fans