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The Hustle Report: Hustlin’ on the road

At least one Memphis team is playing well

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Week 12 Results

Memphis Hustle 121 (16-12) @ Rio Grande Valley Vipers 129

Memphis Hustle 110 (17-12) @ Delaware Blue Coats 106

Week 12 Headlines

  • Hustle trade Tanner McGrew to Salt Lake City Stars
  • Hustle acquire Justin Tillman via waiver claim

Game 28 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Tarik Phillip- 28 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals
  • Tyler Harvey- 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Doral Moore- 14 points, 5 rebounds
  • Markel Crawford- 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

The Hustle dropped the first game of their 4 game homestand against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Hustle got an outstanding performance from their starting backcourt, but didn’t get much from the rest of the players. The Vipers were led by Gary Payton II who went off for 31 points and 7 rebounds. Now Grizzly Bruno Caboclo had a solid all around game, scoring 15 points to go with 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals. It’s pretty easy to speculate that the Grizzlies liked what they saw in Caboclo this game to prompt the 10-day contract signing.

Game 29 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Marcus Keene- 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals
  • Kyle Casey- 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Dusty Hannahs- 16 points, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Doral Moore- 13 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 blocks, 2 steals

The Hustle came back from an 18 point deficit to defeat the Delaware Blue Coats who were opening up their new 76ers Fieldhouse last night. The comeback was led by Marcus Keene’s 21 points, with Doral Moore turning in one of his best all around games for the Hustle. Shake Milton nearly dropped a double-double (20 points, 9 rebounds) in the losing effort for the Blue Coats. It was a solid game for the Hustle, who were without their NBA players whom they had gotten accustomed to playing with.

Hustle Stats

25.5: New forward Justin Tillman who was acquired this past week by the Hustle averaged 25.5 points and 11.7 rebounds in 11 games in the South Korean KBL this season. Tillman isn’t much of a threat from beyond the arc, but does a ton of damage on the inside. Tillman averaged 18.9 points and 9.9 rebounds as a senior for the VCU Rams last season.

5: Former Hustle forward Tanner McGrew, traded this past week, averaged only 5 points in just 13 minutes per game over 25 appearances. With the depth the Hustle had at McGrew’s position, he was mostly relegated to mop up duty and only played meaningful minutes in games the Hustle were shorthanded. Still, McGrew showed flashes of being a solid G-League player. Hopefully he gets more of an opportunity in Salt Lake City.

MVP of the Week - Doral Moore

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Doral Moore has been under appreciated for the Hustle for the most part this season. With having to change his rotation spot and role depending on Ivan Rabb, Moore has given the Hustle 100% energy and effort no matter his role. This past week Moore averaged 13.5 points, 11 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Moore quietly goes about his business, but he went about it in a big way this week.

Week 12 Grade - B

The Hustle losing a nail biter against the Vipers is an acceptable loss, but the comeback win against the Blue Coats was slightly disappointing. The Blue Coats were opening a new Fieldhouse, so the atmosphere was bigger than your usual G-League game but the Blue Coats simply aren’t a great team and the Hustle should have never been down 18.

Week 13 Preview

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Hustle @ Westchester Knicks 01/25 6 PM CT

Memphis Hustle @ Maine Red Claws (8-19) 01/26 6 PM CT

Santa Cruz Warriors (22-7) @ Memphis Hustle 01/30 10:30 AM CT

The Hustle continue their Eastern conference road trip with a face off against the Westchester Knicks. The Knicks are in the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference behind John Jenkins and his nearly 25 points per game. The Knicks also get solid production out of two-way players Kadeem Allen and Isaiah Hicks, when available. The Knicks shoot just 23 3-pointers per game, so the Hustle will need to pack the paint and force the Knicks to beat them from deep.

The Hustle wrap up their road trip with a visit to the Maine Red Claws (It’s still weird to me that Maine, of all states, has a basketball team). The Red Claws are a poor 8-19 on the season, with P.J. Dozier being their lone standout player, as the two-way guard is averaging just over 20 points per game. Memphian and former Tiger Nick King contributes a nice 10 points per game but the Red Claws just lack the talent to compete with most G-League teams. This should be a win for the Hustle as long as the back-to-back doesn’t get to them.

The Hustle will then return home to face off against the Western conference leading Santa Cruz Warriors. Deyonta Davis leads the Warriors with a monstrous 7.7 points per game to go with his 6.4 rebounds. Jokes aside, the Warriors have plenty of players who can hurt you (shocking, right?). From Damion Lee and Kendrick Nunn to Marcus Derrickson and Antonius Cleveland, the Warriors have a multitude of players who can take over and win you a game. This will be a tough matchup for the Warriors. The matchup against the Warriors is also the Hustle’s second annual Financial Literacy Education Day game, hence the 10:30 start time. Hopefully the Hustle show out for the thousands of kids in attendance.

The Hustle results this week (and until February 7th) will likely be impacted by the potential impending trades the Grizzlies make. If the Grizzlies trade Marc or JaMychal, it likely means no more Ivan Rabb minutes down in Southaven. We’ve probably already seen the last of Jevon Carter in a Hustle jersey, but if the Grizzlies trade any of their guards it will likely seal the deal for Jevon finishing the season with the Grizz. Grizzlies transactions could also bring a shakeup to the Hustle roster, depending on who they acquire in any potential trades.

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