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The Hustle dominate the first week of the season

Memphis Hustle vs. Texas Legends Photo by Timothy M Heitman/NBAE via Getty Images

Week 1 Results

Texas Legends 95 @ Memphis Hustle 105 (1-0)

Memphis Hustle 118 (2-0) @ Texas Legends 105

Iowa Wolves 41 @ Memphis Hustle 56; Game postponed with 4:07 remaining in 2nd Quarter

Memphis Hustle 113 (3-0) @ Austin Spurs 97

Week 1 Headlines

  • Hustle begin the season undefeated
  • A leaky roof postpones the Wolves/Hustle game in Southaven
  • Josh Jackson is too good for the G-League
  • Jarrod Uthoff was a sneaky good pickup

Game 1 Breakdown

Iowa Wolves v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Jarrod Uthoff- 23 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Dusty Hannahs- 19 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
  • Josh Jackson- 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks
  • John Konchar- 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks
  • Matt Mooney- 11 points

The Hustle tipped off their season with a win over the Texas Legends in exciting fashion. Josh Jackson shined alongside newcomer Jarrod Uthoff and Hustle mainstay Dusty Hannahs. You can check out my full recap of the game here.

Game 2 Breakdown

Memphis Hustle vs. Texas Legends Photo by Timothy M Heitman/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Dusty Hannahs- 24 points, 4 rebounds
  • Josh Jackson- 21 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
  • Jarrod Uthoff- 21 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks
  • Marquis Teague- 14 points, 3 rebounds
  • Matt Mooney- 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists

The Hustle followed up their win Friday night with another double-digit victory over the Legends in Texas on Saturday. It was a rare home-and-home to start the season, but the Hustle took care of business without both of their two way players. The trio of Dusty, Josh and Jarrod was enough offensive firepower to build a commanding lead over the Legends that they couldn’t quite overcome.

Game 3 Breakdown

Iowa Wolves v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats (so far)

  • Dusty Hannahs- 13 points
  • Matt Mooney- 11 points
  • Yuta Watanabe- 9 points
  • Josh Jackson- 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
  • John Konchar- 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists

The Hustle jumped out to a 28 point lead after scoring the first 16 points of the game against the Iowa Wolves. Early on, both Josh Jackson and John Konchar look to be on triple-double watch as the Hustle offense was clicking on all cylinders. The Wolves went on a run in the second quarter to get back in the game, but the run was halted when Josh Jackson noticed a wet spot at center court from an apparent leak in the Landers Center roof. After roughly 25 minutes of the game being put on pause, the officials decided to postpone the game for a later date. It will be interesting how this game gets incorporated into the schedule later on.

Game 4 Breakdown

Iowa Wolves v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Jarrod Uthoff- 26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Josh Jackson- 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Dusty Hannahs- 22 points, 3 rebounds
  • John Konchar- 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists

The Hustle then traveled to Austin to face off against the Spurs in a Wednesday matinee and ended up with a wire to wire win. The Hustle led by as much as 21 points and coasted to an afternoon win. Jarrod, Josh and Dusty all scored 20+ points for the second time this season. John Konchar showed off his all-around talent as he did a little bit of everything yesterday.

Hustle Stats

3: The Hustle currently have 3 guys averaging over 20 points per game. Josh Jackson (21 points), Jarrod Uthoff (23.3) and Dusty Hannahs (21.6) have dominated offensively for the Hustle and have made things look easy on that end of the court. Though Jackson’s time in Hustle red is limited, it’s still good to have guys like Dusty and Uthoff who can put up points in bunches.

13: The Hustle have won all 3 of their games by double-digits, averaging to win each game by 13 points. This shows how dominant the Hustle have been to start the season, considering they lead by nearly 30 at one point in the game they didn’t get to finish. It will be interesting to see how the Hustle respond to a game that comes down to the wire, but in the meantime I’m sure they’ll enjoy their double-digit wins.

MVP of the Week - Josh Jackson

Memphis Hustle vs. Texas Legends Photo by Timothy M Heitman/NBAE via Getty Images

Josh Jackson has been a man on a mission while on assignment from the Grizzlies. Looking to earn his spot in the Grizzlies rotation, Jackson should have done that and then some with his performance this past week. His 21-8-4.3 stat line looks great, but his energy and hustle (pun intended) has been contagious on the team and has helped spark runs for the squad. Simply put, Josh has said the right things while on assignment, and he’s backing it up with his play.

Josh likely won’t be in Southaven long.

Week 1 Grade - A

Iowa Wolves v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Unless you fault the Hustle for the leaky roof, I don’t think you could have asked for a better opening week to the season. Despite being on his 3rd G-League coach in 3 seasons, Dusty Hannahs looks in mid-season form. All of the new additions are clicking as well in Jason March’s offense. The Hustle took care of business against a weak Legends team, dominated a Spurs team that had a few NBA guys sent down and then were well on their way of doing the same against a solid Wolves team prior to the postponement. Overall a great week for the Hustle.

Week 2 Preview

Santa Cruz Warriors v Stockton Kings Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

Stockton Kings (2-1) @ Memphis Hustle 11/15 12 PM CT

South Bay Lakers (1-1) @ Memphis Hustle 11/18 7 PM CT

Game 5 Preview: The Hustle will tip off a 2-game homestand tomorrow with another matinee game, this time against the Stockton Kings. The Hustle bounced the Kings out of last years playoffs thanks to Jay-R Strowbridge’s 3 with seconds remaining, so the Kings will likely have revenge on their mind. Led by Kyle Guy and Cody Demps, the Kings have a few guys capable of putting up big scoring numbers, but don’t have the depth to compete with the Hustle. Barring a change in the Hustle’s lineup, they should be able to take care of business tomorrow afternoon.

Game 6 Preview: The Hustle will then welcome the South Bay Lakers to town for a Monday night matchup. The Lakers have a handful of big names in Gary Payton II, Kostas Antetokounmpo and Talen Horton-Tucker alongside G-League mainstay Andre Ingram, but the names haven’t resulted in the success you would think. The Lakers will still be a good test for the Hustle, though, as they have the talent to cause some serious damage in the G-League. The sometimes rocky defense of the Hustle will need to be ready to slow down a potentially high scoring team in the Lakers.

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