Week 19 Results
Santa Cruz Warriors 126 @ Memphis Hustle 122 (17-28)
Sioux Falls SkyForce 112 @ Memphis Hustle 140 (18-28)
Week 19 Storylines
- Hustle officially eliminated from playoff contention
- Hustle set franchise record for 3’s in a game
- Hustle set franchise record for points in a game
Game 45 Breakdown
- Marquis Teague- 30 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists
- Austin Nichols- 18 points, 6 rebounds
- Myke Henry- 16 points, 3 rebounds
- Omari Johnson- 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
- Jeremy Morgan- 12 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists
The Hustle dropped another nailbiter to the Santa Cruz Warriors, dropping the season series 2-1. Marquis Teague led the way for the Hustle with his 30 points, all coming in the second half. It was another game with the Hustle attempting a late game comeback that fell just short of stealing the victory. You can check out Mac Trammell’s recap of the game for more in-depth analysis.
Game 46 Breakdown
- Omari Johnson- 27 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
- Chance Comanche- 21 points, 12 rebounds
- Marquis Teague- 19 points, 7 assists, 2 steals
- Jeremy Morgan- 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
- Shaquille Thomas- 15 points, 5 rebounds
- Myke Henry- 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block
The Hustle split the season series against the Sioux Falls SkyForce after blowing them out in what was one of the best Hustle games of the season. The Hustle set two franchise records in last night’s game with their 21 made 3’s and 140 points in the game. You can check out my full recap of the game here.
MVP of the Week - Marquis Teague
It was difficult to choose between Teague and OJ this week for MVP of the week, but Marquis gets the nod after averaging 24.5 points and 6.5 assists last week. Teague has been a steady presence for the Hustle all season, and it’s a shame neither him nor OJ have gotten a 10-day contract yet. Teague lead the comeback against the Warriors, scoring all 30 of his points in the second half, and his scoring outburst in the second quarter last night helped the Hustle extend their lead against the SkyForce. Teague has been great for the Hustle this season and hopefully he’ll reap the benefits soon.
Numbers to Know
56.4: The Hustle are the worst team in the league at protecting the paint (going into Wednesday night’s game), giving up an average of 56.4 points per game down low. There are many different reasons this number is so high. The Hustle give up the most fast break points in the league, which are typically easy layups. The Hustle guards get beat off the dribble a fair amount, causing the bigs to rotate and leaving someone open beneath the basket. And sometimes the Hustle big men just can’t hold their own down low. Either way, the Hustle need to do a better job at limiting the opponents easy shot opportunities so close to the basket.
8.7: Newly acquired guard J.J. Frazier has averaged 8.7 points in his 10 games since joining the Hustle. That number is a little deflated though, as the first 4 games J.J. didn’t get a ton of minutes and was adjusting to his new role. In his past 6 games, Frazier has averaged 11.5 points a game and has really become a solid back up point guard to Marquis Teague. The point guard position was a position of concern after Kobi Simmons has spent a majority of the past month with the Grizzlies. Frazier has turned out to be a serviceable player in this league and has only improved as he’s gotten more opportunity.
23: With the addition of Kuran Iverson last week, the Hustle have now suited up 23 different players this season. The G-League is always fluid with teams having players called up and down with NBA affiliates as well as players getting 10-day contracts, but it seems like the Hustle haven’t been able to keep a steady roster like some of the other G-League teams. Despite the record, it’s pretty remarkable that Coach Cyprien has kept the team afloat and competitive in a majority of the games this season, despite the roster turnover.
Week 19 Grade - A
The Hustle had a solid week last week nearly defeating the Warriors and then blowing out the SkyForce. The season has been up and down for the Hustle, but you can tell the growth of the team over the season and their hard work is paying off and they’re able to stay competitive against some of the better G-League teams. It’s also a testament to how lucky the Hustle are to have Coach Cyprien, who is able to make key adjustments every game to put the Hustle in the best chance to win each game.
Week 20 Preview
Memphis Hustle @ Windy City Bulls (23-22) 3/17 7 PM CT
Austin Spurs @ Memphis Hustle (29-16) 3/20 7 PM CT
Game 47 Preview: The Hustle will make the late-season trip up to Hoffman Estates, Illinois to face off against the Windy City Bulls in their only meeting of the season. The Bulls are led by former Villanova star Ryan Arcidiacono and Cuse star C.J. Fair, previously with Fort Wayne. The Bulls are a pretty solid offensive team, with respectable averages across the board. The Hustle should have the advantage down low, as the Hustle average nearly 4 more rebounds a game than the Bulls. The Bulls average the 9th most second chance points in the G-League, so the Hustle will need to lock in defensively and secure rebounds. Limiting the Bulls to one shot possessions will be critical in coming away with the win.
Game 48 Preview: The Hustle will then return home to face off against Western Conference leading Austin Spurs. Despite the Spurs much better record, the Hustle have split the season series with the Spurs 1-1 with Tuesday’s game being the rubber match with the winner clinching the season series. The Spurs are led by Jaron Blossomgame, Nick Johnson and Livio Jean-Charles but also get solid contributions from Derrick White and Darrun Hilliard when the NBA squad sends them down to the G-League. In typical Spurs fashion, the stats don’t jump out at you, but this team is one of the best run teams in the G-League and it will require one of Coach Cyp’s best games for them to counter the Spurs and keep the game close. The players will need to do their part and make sure to take care of the ball and avoid the turnover issues that come and go with this team.