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Hustle jump out to 5-0 on the season

South Bay Hustle v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Week 2 Results

Stockton Kings 110 @ Memphis Hustle 125 (4-0)

South Bay Lakers 120 @ Memphis Hustle 137 (5-0)

Week 2 Headlines

  • Josh Jackson, De’Anthony Melton and Bruno Caboclo highlight Grizzlies players on assignment
  • Hustle lose John Konchar to a calf injury
  • Hustle continue their undefeated streak to start the season

Game 4 Breakdown

Memphis Hustle v Austin Spurs Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • Jarrod Uthoff- 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • John Konchar- 17 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals
  • Matt Mooney- 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
  • Josh Jackson- 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks

The Hustle won a Friday matinee against the Stockton Kings, in large part due to an explosive 4th quarter. The Hustle led by 1 entering the 4th, but a barrage of 3-pointers helped them put away a pesky Stockton Kings squad who was looking to get revenge after losing to the Hustle in last seasons playoffs. It was a team effort by the Hustle, who had 7 players score in double figures. Early games can be difficult for teams to adjust to, but the Hustle seemed well prepared and didn’t let the early tip impact them much.

Game 5 Breakdown

South Bay Hustle v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Key Stats

  • De’Anthony Melton- 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks
  • Yuta Watanabe- 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Josh Jackson- 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
  • Jarrod Uthoff- 19 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Matt Mooney- 13 points, 9 assists

The Hustle continued their undefeated start to the season with a win over the South Bay Lakers on Monday. The Lakers responded to every Hustle run early in the game, but the Hustle were able to pull away late in the 3rd to blow out the Lakers. You can check out my quick recap to the game here.

Standings Snapshot

G-League Standings as of 11/20/2019

As the Hustle figure to be in the playoff picture, every week The Hustle Report will have a snapshot of the conference standings as it will be something to keep an eye on all season. This week, however, I am posting the league standings because it is just too beautiful not to post.

Hustle Stats

42%: The Hustle are shooting 42% from beyond the arc in the early stages of the season. The Hustle are near the bottom of the pack in 3-point attempts per game, but they seem to make the most of their attempts when they’re shooting them. The Hustle currently have 6 players shooting above 40% from 3 with at least 2 attempts per game. This shows the Hustle have great 3-point shooting depth and aren’t just led by one or two players.

7: The Hustle have 7 guys who average double-digits per game (minimum of 3 games played) so far this season. Again, this speaks to the offensive depth that the Hustle have and is a big reason why they are the 3rd highest scoring team in the G-League.

MVP of the Week - Josh Jackson

South Bay Hustle v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Josh Jackson put in another stellar week for the Hustle, averaging 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2 steals and 1.5 blocks on the week. Jackson also shot 55% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. Jarrod Uthoff deserves an honorable mention for his 19.5/9.5/2.5 stat line, but Jackson’s play just stood out more. Jackson has been engaged all season long and looks like he’s easily the best player out there. It’s time for the Grizzlies to call him up.

Week 2 Grade - A+

Stockton Kings v Memphis Hustle Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The Hustle went 2-0 on the week and were challenged more than they were the first week of the season. The scores don’t necessarily show the fight the Kings and Lakers put up, but the Hustle were able to respond and dominate late in the game to lead to the blowout wins. They didn’t let a matinee game on Friday affect them, and came back on Monday night with a solid game plan with the late addition of Melton and Caboclo. All in all, Jason March has to be pleased with his team so far.

Week 3 Preview

Raptors 905 v Red Claws Photo by Rich Obrey/NBAE via Getty Images

Memphis Hustle @ Oklahoma City Blue (3-1) 11/22 7 PM CT

Maine Red Claws (4-0) @ Memphis Hustle 11/25 7 PM CT

Game 6 Preview: The Hustle will travel to Oklahoma City for their first divisional road game of the season tomorrow night, and hopefully the first division game that actually gets completed. The Blue are a solid team, led by DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell and Luguentz Dort who both average 23 points a game. Former Grizzly two-way player Myke Henry helps out a high-scoring Blue attack with 18.5 points per game. The Blue are a high-scoring team but get most of their points in isolation (21st in the G-League in assists per game), so look for the Hustle to lock down their individual matchups and try and make the Blue beat them with their lesser scorers.

Game 7 Preview: The Hustle will then return home for a Monday night matchup against the (potentially) undefeated Maine Red Claws. The Red Claws are led by one of last seasons MVP candidates, Yante Maten, along with Tremont Waters and Tacko Fall. Tacko Fall gets most of the attention because of his 7’5” frame and popularity among NBA twitter, but both Maten and Waters figure to be a tough matchup for the Hustle. With the Grizzlies in Indiana on the 25th, it’ll be interesting to see who all the Hustle have available for the big time matchup against the Red Claws. Who the Grizzlies send down or call up will likely have a major impact on who wins this game.

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