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The Hustle Report: Just Keep Winning

Hustle extend their winning streak to 4 games with a 3-0 week

Memphis Hustle

Week 6 Results

Iowa Wolves 98 @ Memphis Hustle 118 (7-6)

Memphis Hustle (8-6) 120 @ Austin Spurs 106

Texas Legends 125 @ Memphis Hustle 134 (9-6)

Week 6 Headlines

  • Ivan Rabb named G-League player of the week
  • Nuggets waive Brandon Goodwin, Hustle retain his rights
  • Hustle prepare for G-League showcase in Las Vegas

Game 13 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Ivan Rabb- 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks
  • Dusty Hannahs- 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Markel Crawford- 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Tarik Phillip- 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

The Hustle were able to avenge their December 2nd loss to the Wolves, this time routing them at the Landers Center. Ivan Rabb and Dusty Hannahs were phenomenal, and Tarik Phillip and Markel Crawford stepped up while D.J. Stephens hung out with the Grizzlies. The key to this game was the Hustle’s ability to shut down Keita Bates-Diop (4 points), who went off in the first matchup of the season. Jevon Carter’s slump continued this game, but it didn’t matter as the Hustle were able to pick up the slack.

Game 14 Breakdown

NBA: Washington Wizards at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Key Stats

  • Ivan Rabb- 31 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Tyler Harvey- 26 points
  • Tarik Phillip- 14 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals
  • Markel Crawford- 14 points, 2 steals

The Hustle were able to overcome the absence of Jevon Carter, D.J. Stephens, and Yuta Watanabe in a big way as they blew out the defending G-League champ Austin Spurs for the second time this season. Ivan Rabb put up a monster stat line in 40 minutes of play. Tarik Phillip flirted with a triple-double while Tyler Harvey continues to show he can score points in a hurry. It was a dominating effort from the Hustle and a great game plan by Brad Jones to go to Rabb early and often with the other core Hustle players with the Grizzlies.

Game 15 Breakdown

Eastern Washington v Georgetown Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Tyler Harvey- 29 points, 4 assists, 3 steals
  • Ivan Rabb- 25 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Tarik Phillip- 23 points, 3 assists, 3 steals
  • Marcus Keene- 16 points, 6 assists

The Hustle, this time without Jevon Carter, Markel Crawford, D.J. Stephens, and Yuta Watanabe, were able to get a hard fought victory in a shootout over the Texas Legends. Led by Tyler Harvey and Ivan Rabb, the Hustle were able to overcome a combined 100 points from Frank Jackson, Daryl Macon, Kostas Antetokounmpo and Ray Spalding. You can check out my recap of the game here.

MVP of the Week - Ivan Rabb

Rabb had a monster week for the Hustle, earning him G-League player of the week honors on Monday. Over the past 3 games, Rabb has averaged 25.7 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Rabb has slid in nicely with the Hustle and there hasn’t been any weird adjustment period for him. Rabb has been able to dominate since being sent down to the Hustle, and could have potentially saved his Grizzlies career (or boosted his trade value).

Hustle Stats

27.3: Tyler Harvey has been the main beneficiary for the Hustle when they are without their core players. Harvey has only started 3 games for the Hustle, but is averaging 27.3 points per game in 35 minutes in those 3 games, compared to the 7 points in 17 minutes when he comes off the bench. Harvey is an excellent player and it’s good to see him step up when the Hustle need him.

87.2%: Last week I highlighted how the Hustle lead the G-League in free-throw percentage, shooting just above 80% on the season. That number was put to the test, and the Hustle passed, Monday against the Legends. The Hustle went 41-47 from the free throw line that game, good for nearly 88%. The great shooting was surprisingly led by big men Ivan Rabb and Kyle Casey who shot over 11 and 10 free throws respectively and missed one a piece.

4: The Hustle, at 9-6, are currently the 4th ranked team in the Western Conference and have the 7th best record in the G-League. It’s still early in the season, but considering the Hustle didn’t even sniff this sort of success last year, it’s pretty cool to see them so high in the standings so far this season.

Bonus stat: The Hustle are currently on a 4 game winning streak, tied for the longest in franchise history.

Week 6 Grade - A

A 3-0 week couldn’t get much better for Brad Jones and company as the Hustle respond nicely to the absence of some of their core players. The 4-game winning streak was a great way for the Hustle to get ready for the holiday road trip and the G-League showcase coming up December 19-22. The Hustle were able to play well with and without their core players, showing their depth as well as Brad Jones ability to coach.

Week 7 Preview

NBA: Summer League-Toronto Raptors at Denver Nuggets Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Hustle @ Oklahoma City Blue (12-3) 12/14 7 PM CT

Memphis Hustle @ Northern Arizona Suns (3-14) 12/16 4 PM C

Memphis Hustle @ Raptors 905 (12-4) 12/19 2 PM CT @ Mandalay Bay Events Center

The Hustle will get the chance to prove their early season success isn’t a fluke, as they face off against the current leaders of both conferences. First up is the Oklahoma City Blue, who currently lead the western conference. The Blue are one of the highest scoring teams in the G-League while shooting at a nearly 50% clip on the season. The Blue are led by Tyler Davis and KJ McDaniels, who both average over 15 a game. If available, both Abdel Nader and Scotty Hopson put in buckets for the Blue as well.

The Hustle will then travel to face off against the worst team in the G-League, the Northern Arizona Suns. This is a big trap game for the Hustle, as they could be looking ahead to the G-League showcase and their matchup against Raptors 905. The Suns, despite their poor record, have the ability to surprise you depending on who is available. Jawun Evans is their leading scorer and they have players like Peter Jok who can come in and surprise you. The Hustle can’t overlook this matchup.

Lastly, the Hustle will kick off the G-League showcase with a matchup against Raptors 905. The Raptors 905 are led by G-League MVP candidate Chris Boucher, who is averaging nearly 30 points a game to go with 12 rebounds. The offensive firepower doesn’t stop there either for the Raptors. They also get 23 points from Jordan Loyd as well.

The Hustle will need their core to be healthy and available for this upcoming week with 2 tough matchups. The games against the Blue and Raptors 905 will be an early chance to see if the Hustle are for real this season or not.

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