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The Hustle Report: Recapping week 20 of the Hustle’s inaugural season

Hustle get hot as the season winds down

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Week 20 Results

Memphis Hustle (19-28) 121 @ Windy City Bulls 120

Austin Spurs 105 @ Memphis Hustle 109 (20-28)

Week 20 Storylines

  • Hustle play first overtime game
  • Hustle host fan appreciation week March 20-23

Game 47 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Marquis Teague- 28 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Chance Comanche- 24 points, 9 rebounds
  • Myke Henry- 19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Omari Johnson- 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Dusty Hannahs- 15 points, 5 assists

The Hustle defeated the Windy City Bulls in their only matchup of the season in overtime fashion as Marquis Teague drained another game winner as the buzzer sounded.

The game was a blowout for the Bulls, who lead by as much as 21, but yet another late Hustle comeback made the game close and resulted in the double OT win. Chance Comanche had a great game, taking advantage of the extra minutes given to him, and Myke Henry had another solid performance including a buzzer beater to send the game into the second overtime.

The Bulls were lead by Tyler Harris and Jarell Eddie who combined for 41 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Hustle from completing what seems like their 8th comeback win of the year.

Game 48 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Omari Johnson- 25 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Myke Henry- 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Marquis Teague- 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists
  • Jeremy Morgan- 9 points, 5 rebounds
  • Kobi Simmons- 7 points, 4 rebounds

The Hustle won a thriller against the Western Conference leading Austin Spurs Tuesday night. The Hustle were lead by Omari Johnson’s 25 points and got a nice 21 point performance by Myke Henry off the bench. The game was intense as a total of 6 technical fouls were given out and a couple of small scuffles broke out. The high-intensity seemed to light a fire under the Hustle, who took advantage of the physical game. The win gave the Hustle the season-series win against the Spurs. It was a big win for the Hustle as they wrap up the season, and you can check out my full recap of the game here.

MVP of the Week - Marquis Teague

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After hitting the game winner Saturday and following it up with another clutch performance on Tuesday, Teague officially clinches the most “MVP of the Weeks” with his 8th of the season, with Omari Johnson in second with 5. Teague was his usual self this week. He had a huge scoring game against the Bulls, where he calmly drained the game winner and on Tuesday he didn’t have the scoring output that Omari had, but hit some huge baskets down the stretch. It’s really not fair to pick between Teague and OJ as both have been very deserving of this award all season.

In the end, Teague’s play in the clutch gives him the MVP nod.

Numbers to Know

38.9%: After some cold shooting to start the season, the Hustle have quietly become one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the G-League. Going into the final weekend of the season, the Hustle lead the league in 3-point percentage, shooting 38.9% but have the Lakers and Knicks just .1 percentage point behind the Hustle. If the Hustle can finish the season strong beyond the arc, they could finish the season with the highest percentage, which would be amazing after such a cold start to the year.

27.6: One of the main factors in the Hustle’s current 3 game win streak has been a slight change in their offensive strategy. They’ve been much better at making the extra pass and finding open teammates instead of resorting to isolation plays and in return the team has averaged 27.6 assists per game over the last 3 games (averaging 22.7 on the season). The passing has gotten everyone involved on the offensive end and has made a great offensive team even better.

39.4: The Hustle’s ideal starting lineup down the stretch (minus two-way guys) featuring Teague, Hannahs, Morgan, Johnson and Nichols has been on an absolute tear offensively, averaging 39.4 points per game when on the floor together. That grouping has only played 78 minutes together, which is still second most of any Hustle lineup. If the Hustle can get Nichols back healthy, they should be able to finish the season with some high-scoring games to wrap up the season.

Week 20 Grade - A

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The Hustle had a great week last week defeating a solid Bulls team and a great Spurs team. The Bulls were fighting for a playoff spot and the Spurs, at full strength, lead the Western Conference standings. Coach Cyprien deserves some credit for some of the play calls to win the Bulls game, as well as always trusting Teague down the stretch. The players also deserve credit for coming back against the Bulls and handling business at home against the Spurs. A great week for the Hustle as they prepare for their last two games of the season.

Week 21 Preview

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

South Bay Lakers (28-20) @ Memphis Hustle 3/23 7 PM CT

Memphis Hustle @ Texas Legends (28-20) 3/24 7:30 PM CT

Game 49 Preview: The Hustle will follow up their win against the 1-seeded Spurs to face off against the 2-seeded Lakers of South Bay in the Hustle’s final home game of the season. The Hustle dropped two close games to the Lakers in California but will hope to turn their fortunes around at home. The outcome of the game could come down to who the Lakers have available.

Thomas Bryant figures to be with the team, but if Gary Payton II & Alex Caruso are both still with the G-League affiliate, it could be trouble for the Hustle. The Hustle will also need to win the rebound battle to defeat the Lakers. The Hustle’s rebounding numbers have slipped a little as of late, and the Lakers can take full advantage, as they average the 2nd most rebounds per game in the G-League. It’s the last home game of the season and with the excitement, anything can happen.

Game 50 Preview: After the game against the Lakers, the Hustle will immediately turn around and travel to face off against the Texas Legends in the final game of the season. The Legends, another playoff team, figure to cause the Hustle problems down low as they are the league leaders in rebounds per game. Lead by Johnathan Motley and Jameel Warney, the Legends have two double-double threats down low that could hurt the Hustle, especially if they are still without Austin Nichols. The Hustle will look to end the season on a high note and defeat the Legends after losing the first two matchups of the season.