Week 16 Results
Salt Lake City Stars 119 @ Memphis Hustle 122 (21-17)
Week 16 Headlines
- Marcus Keene leaves Hustle to play for Jeonju KCC Egis in South Korea
- Kyle Casey represents Hustle at Team USA qualifications practices
Game 38 Breakdown
- Dusty Hannahs- 25 points, 4 assists, 1 steal
- Julian Washburn- 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
- Markel Crawford- 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
- Tarik Phillip- 15 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals
The Hustle won a thrilling match-up against the Salt Lake City Stars to take a 2 game lead on the 6th and final playoff spot. With 12 games remaining after last night and a tough schedule ahead, every game matters. The fact that the Hustle came back from 18 without Tyler Harvey speaks volumes to the job Brad Jones has done as well as the resiliency and depth of this Hustle squad. You can check out my full recap of last night’s overtime thriller here.
5: Heading into the break over the past week, the Hustle were top 5 in the G-League in the 3 big shooting percentages. They are currently 3rd in field goal percentage (47.6%), 3rd in 3-point percentage (37.5%) and 5th in free throw percentage (77.1%). The Hustle are quite efficient at scoring the basketball when compared to the other teams in the league.
43%: Both Tyler Harvey and Dusty Hannahs’ rank in the top 10 in 3-point percentage in the G-League at the break. Harvey is currently 8th shooting 43.9% from beyond the arc while Dusty is 10th averaging 43.5% from downtown. It will be fun to see which Hustle guard comes out on top with the higher 3-point percentage. Of note: last year Dusty Hannahs’ finished 4th in the G-League shooting 44.4% in 2017-2018.
MVP of the Week - Dusty Hannahs
Dusty went off in last night’s game against the Stars to earn MVP honors. 25 points on efficient shooting was clutch baskets down the stretch helps Dusty edge out Markel Crawford. Crawford deserves an honorable mention for his clutch play to help send the game into overtime.
Week 16 Grade - A
Coming back from down 18 without your best player? Yeah that’s gonna get you an A in my grade book. Brad Jones did an excellent job getting his team to regroup after losing Tyler Harvey and Markel Crawford and Dusty Hannahs did the rest. Oh yeah, the game also helped the Hustle solidify their spot in the playoffs. Great start to the final stretch for the Hustle.
Week 17 Preview
Game 39: Memphis Hustle @ Long Island Nets (21-14) 02/24 2 PM CT
Game 40: Rio Grande Valley Vipers @ Memphis Hustle 02/26 7 PM CT
The Hustle will make a quick road trip up to New York to face off against the Long Island Nets. The Nets are one of the better Eastern Conference teams as they would be the 3-seed if the playoffs started today, but have lost 4 in a row leading up to today’s Hustle Report. The Nets will likely be tired in their match-up against the Hustle as it will be their 3rd game in 4 days, with the Hustle game being the second of a matinee back-to-back. The trio of Alan Williams, Theo Pinson and Dzanan Musa will be tough for the Hustle to slow down, if all 3 are with the Long Island squad. The Hustle have struggled on the road this year, especially against Eastern Conference teams, so they’ll need to be ready if they want to beat a solid Nets team.
The Hustle then return home to face off against a potential playoff foe in the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Vipers will likely be the 2 or 3 seed in the playoffs, whereas the Hustle are in a battle for the 5 and 6 seeds. The Vipers currently hold the 2-1 season series lead with the home team winning all 3 match-up’s. Taking Bruno Caboclo away from the Vipers was a smart game plan by the Grizzlies organization, but two-way player Danuel House (who just had a career high 39 points last night) figures to be a problem down low for the Hustle.
The two games this week aren’t easy for the Hustle, but if they can pull out at least one win, it’ll set the stage for the final games of the season.