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The Hustle Report: A not so Happy New Year

2018 ended the same way 2019 started for the Hustle, with a loss to the Kings

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Week 9 Results

Memphis Hustle (13-7) 121 @ South Bay Lakers 115

Memphis Hustle (13-8) 94 @ Stockton Kings 103

Stockton Kings 103 @ Memphis Hustle (13-9) 100

Week 9 Headlines

  • Grizzlies waive D.J. Stephens
  • Grizzlies sign Jarnell Stokes to two-way deal

Game 20 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Marcus Keene- 22 points, 4 rebounds
  • Dusty Hannahs- 21 points, 2 assists
  • Kyle Casey- 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists
  • Tyler Harvey- 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

The Hustle extended their winning streak to 4 games after defeating the South Bay Lakers. Despite being shorthanded, with all assignment and two way players with the Grizzlies, the Hustle held off a Lakers comeback behind 20+ point efforts from Marcus Keene and Dusty Hannahs. It was a well rounded effort from the Hustle, with all 9 available players scoring. The Lakers were led by Travis Wear’s 20 points, but it wasn’t enough to get the Lakers the win. The key to the game was the Hustle’s 3 point shooting. The Hustle shot 16-31 (51%) from beyond the arc, while the Lakers shot a putrid 13-41, good for 31%.

Game 21 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Tyler Harvey- 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Tarik Phillip- 15 points, 2 rebounds
  • Kyle Casey- 14 points, 8 rebounds
  • Markel Crawford- 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks

The Hustle’s winning streak was snapped in an ugly loss to the Stockton Kings. The Hustle didn’t lead at all in the game, and a scoring outburst in the 4th quarter is the only thing that made the score look closer than the game actually was. Dusty Hannahs finally cooled off, scoring only 11 points. Tyler Harvey continued his hot streak, but it wasn’t enough to overcome former Grizzly Troy Williams (25 points) and the Kings. The Hustle got down 15 points by the end of the 1st, making a comeback all the more difficult. I do have to give credit to the Kings defense for slowing down a potent Hustle attack.

Game 22 Breakdown

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

Key Stats

  • Tyler Harvey- 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals
  • Ivan Rabb- 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Kyle Casey- 14 points, 6 rebounds
  • Tarik Phillip- 12 points, 5 rebounds

The Hustle fell once again to the Stockton Kings, this time in the comfy confines of the Landers Center. Even with the additions of Ivan Rabb, Jevon Carter and Yuta Watanabe the Hustle couldn’t overcome 21 points from Kalin Lucas and 20 points from Reggie Hearn. The Hustle held Troy Williams in check this game, but other Kings were able to step up. Carter especially had a rough shooting night, going 1-10 from the field and was a team worst -13 in +/-. Carter was a bit rusty after getting just limited playing time with the Grizzlies.

MVP of the Week - Tyler Harvey

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Tyler Harvey continues to impress in the extended minutes given to him after the Nuggets acquired Brandon Goodwin. Another 3 games, averaging over 20 points to keep the Hustle competitive in an otherwise underwhelming week. With his hot play, Harvey could earn himself a 10-day contract with a NBA team.

Hustle Stats

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15.2: Freshly signed Jarnell Stokes averaged 15.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2 assists per game in 6 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce before signing with the Grizzlies. Stokes will provide a night interior presence for the Hustle and should shine down in Southaven. The former Southwind Jaguar and Tennessee Vol will return to Memphis, where he was originally drafted in 2014.

16: Dusty Hannahs has scored 10+ points in 16 consecutive games for the Hustle. The last time Dusty didn’t score in double figures was in mid-November against the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Dusty has been a steady offensive presence for the Hustle this season with all the other moving parts.

Week 9 Grade - C

It was a pretty underwhelming week for the Hustle, going 1-2 with both losses against the Kings. The Hustle played well in their matchup against the Lakers but just seemed out of sorts against a good-not-great Stockton Kings team. Nonetheless, it’s been a great season for the Hustle so far with this being the first real “rough patch” of the season.

Week 10 Preview

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Hustle @ Austin Spurs (12-10) 01/05 12 PM CT

Canton Charge (7-12) @ Memphis Hustle 01/07 7 PM CT

The Hustle will take a one game road trip out to Austin to take on a Spurs team they’ve already beaten twice this season. In the two matchups, the Hustle have outscored the Spurs by 60 points thanks in large part to a 46 point win in November. Jevon Carter or Tarik Phillip will likely draw the defensive assignment of slowing down Nick Johnson who has been on a tear as of late. If the Hustle can slow down Johnson, they should be able to beat the Spurs handedly yet again.

The Hustle will then return home for a 4 game homestand that tips off with a matchup against the Canton Charge. Former Grizzly Kobi Simmons leads the Charge, averaging 16 points per game. The Charge also get solid production out of former Austin Spur Jaron Blossomgame, who is on a two-way deal with the Cavs. Outside of those two, the Charge don’t have anybody to get real excited about that can cause them to get overlooked. Despite the big names the Charge have the capability to sneak up on you, especially when Kobi Simmons is likely going to try and put up big numbers against his former organization. Nonetheless, the Hustle should be able to hold their own against the Charge.

The Hustle bid farewell to D.J. Stephens last week, waiving him to sign Memphian Jarnell Stokes. It is a very #OnBrand move by the Grizzlies organization. Stokes likely won’t sniff much of the FedExForum court with the Grizzlies, but it is cool to see the organization give a roster spot to local kids and give them a shot. I don’t think the Grizzlies will get much of anything out of Stokes, but he’ll at least put up big numbers for the Hustle down in Southaven.

With NBA teams allowed to sign players to 10-day contracts starting Saturday, it will be interesting to see if any Hustle players get picked up in the near future.

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