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The Hustle Report: Back on Track

Hustle finish off a sweep of the defending champion Spurs

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Week 10 Results

Memphis Hustle (14-9) 110 @ Austin Spurs 97

Canton Charge 117 @ Memphis Hustle 107 (14-10)

Week 10 Headlines

  • Hustle reacquire Chance Comanche
  • Hustle trade Comanche’s rights to Canton Charge for Jordan Mathews’ rights and a 2nd round draft pick
  • Hustle sweep defending G-League champ Spurs
  • Jarnell Stokes’ debut on hold due to illness

Game 23 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Tyler Harvey- 18 points, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Marcus Keene- 18 points, 2 assists
  • Doral Moore- 15 points, 17 rebounds
  • Tarik Phillip- 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Yuta Watanabe- 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists

The Hustle completed the 3-0 season sweep of the defending G-League champ Austin Spurs behind a well balanced attack from the Hustle. 7 Hustle players scored in double figures to survive Lonnie Walker’s monster 34 point game. Doral Moore set a single game record for the Hustle this season with his 17 rebounds. Although this Spurs team is much different compared to last years championship squad, it’s still a nice accomplishment by the Hustle to sweep the season series.

Game 24 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Markel Crawford- 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Kyle Casey- 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Tarik Phillip- 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Dusty Hannahs- 15 points
  • Marcus Keene- 15 points, 3 assists

The Hustle followed up their win over the Spurs with a disappointing loss against a mediocre-at-best Canton Charge squad. The biggest cause to the loss was the abysmal play in the 4th quarter as they were outscored 21-13. Scoring only 13 points in a quarter is almost unheard of in the high-scoring G-League. The Charge were able to zero in and limit Tyler Harvey in this game, leaving the Hustle looking elsewhere for their scoring punch. The absence of Jarnell Stokes and Yuta Watanabe was noticeable Tuesday night.

MVP of the Week - Marcus Keene

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Picking MVP was tough for this week, but ultimately Marcus Keene gets his first mention in this part of the Hustle Report. Keene averaged 16.5 points per game, shooting 60% from the field over the two games. With Brandon Goodwin long gone with the Nuggets and Jevon Carter earning the backup point guard role with the Grizzlies, Keene has stepped up nicely to be the Hustle’s back up point guard.

Hustle Stats

5.8: Yuta Watanabe currently leads the Hustle in the +/- category. Yuta has put up solid stat lines in his 16 games with the Hustle, but the +/- shows how effective he is even if he isn’t putting up big numbers. The Grizzlies front office has to like the positive impact Yuta has on the court, even if he’s not filling up the stat sheet.

32%: Despite shooting nearly 40% on the season from beyond the arc, the Hustle really struggled this past week shooting a below average 16-50 from 3. It is likely just a cold stretch for the Hustle, but when the 3’s aren’t falling the Hustle are much easier to beat.

8: Marcus Keene has been great for the Hustle since being brought over, but he has to take better care of the ball. Keene turned the ball over 8 times over the past two games, nearly a third of the teams total turnovers.

Week 10 Grade - B-

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The Hustle get a decent grade for their performance this week since sweeping any opponent is a big accomplishment. The loss against the Charge brings the grade down a bit, but beating any team 3 times in one season is a great feat. The Hustle are still adjusting to some of the recent roster turnover, but Brad Jones still has this team playing well.

Week 11 Preview

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Arkansas vs Vanderbilt
Dusty will face off against his former teammate for the second time this season
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Agua Caliente Clippers (12-10) @ Memphis Hustle 01/11 7 PM CT

Texas Legends (8-17) @ Memphis Hustle 01/12 7 PM CT

South Bay Lakers (10-14) @ Memphis Hustle 01/15 7 PM CT

The Hustle continue their home stand against the Clippers. Like the Hustle, the Clippers are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. With this being the first matchup between the two, it’ll be important for the Hustle to get the win and jump out ahead in the season series. Johnathan Motley, the Clippers leading scorer at 25 points per game, just had his two-way contract converted to a full NBA contract so the Clippers will likely be shorthanded. Former #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett has quietly put up solid numbers for the Clippers this season. Still, with the loss of Motley the Hustle should be able to take care of business at home.

The Hustle will have a quick turnaround as they go up against a struggling Texas Legends squad the following night. The Hustle won the first matchup against the Legends, with the help of Ivan Rabb who was on assignment from the Grizzlies. The Legends will be without their leading scorer from that game, Frank Jackson, as he has carved out a nice role with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Hustle will still have to figure out how to guard Daryl Macon and Kostas Antetokounmpo as they both went off in the first matchup. Hopefully Stokes will be feeling better by this matchup so he can make things more difficult for the Legends down low.

The Hustle will wrap up their run at home with a game against the South Bay Lakers. The Hustle picked up a big win to split the season series late December and will try and clinch the season series on Tuesday. The Hustle will need to slow down Isaac Bonga and Travis Wear who have played well in both matchups so far. Memphian Johnathan Williams will also be someone to look out for when the Hustle take on the Lakers. If they can slow down that 3-headed monster, they should be able to end the homestand on a high note.

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