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The Hustle Report: Back to the winning ways

The Hustle snap their losing streak and get back in the win column.

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Memphis Hustle v Westchester Knicks Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images

Week 3 Results

Santa Cruz Warriors 116 vs. Memphis Hustle 111 (3-7)

Iowa Wolves 123 vs. Memphis Hustle 114 (3-8)

Agua Caliente Clippers 103 vs. Memphis Hustle 119 (4-8)

Westchester Knicks 112 vs. Memphis Hustle 118 (5-8)

Week 3 Headlines

  • Hustle snap losing streak
  • Sean McDermott clears quarantine; performs well for Hustle
  • NBA to do away with restrictions regarding two-way players for rest of this season

Standings Snapshot

Hustle Stat of the Week

Memphis Hustle v Agua Caliente Clippers Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

65.4%: The Hustle have shot a league-worst 65.4% from the free throw line this season. In total, they’ve made 119 out of 182 free throw attempts. You can expect some poor free throw shooting from a young team, but it’s a concern that the team has been consistently terrible from the free throw line. Jason March acknowledged the poor free throw shooting in a recent post game media availability, and said he wasn’t sure if it’s the one-for-two rule but that the team definitely needs to improve. With all 5 losses in the 5-game losing streak being close, you can’t help but wonder where the Hustle would be in the standings if they could make their free throws.

5: 5 of the 8 Hustle losses have come against the top 5 teams in the G-League standings as of Tuesday night. The Hustle held their own in the matchups against the Warriors, Bayhawks, 905, Spurs and Blue despite coming away with losses. The Hustle dug themselves the hole they are in, with the poor free throw shooting and crumbling under pressure in crunch time (as young teams do) but it’s certainly a positive takeaway for the team that they were able to compete with the top teams in the league.

MVP of the Week - David Stockton & Ahmad Caver

Memphis Hustle v Santa Cruz Warriors Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

I’m cheating on MVP of the Week this week, because it was just too close to call between David Stockton and Ahmad Caver. Stockton averaged 20.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals while Caver averaged 20 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1 steal per game last week for the Hustle. Both Stockton and Caver were key in the Hustle snapping their losing streak and starting a win streak of their own. Both Hustle vets have stepped up big time in a multitude of ways for the Hustle this season. Especially with their play last week, it was too tough to choose one.

Week 3 Grade - B

Memphis Hustle v Agua Caliente Clippers Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

It was a solid week for the Hustle as they were able to snap their losing streak at 5 games. It’s a testament to Jason March and his young team that the team was able to recover and win two in a row to keep fighting for the playoffs, instead of just packing it in like many other young teams would. The Hustle have remained competitive in their losses, and pretty dominant in their wins even if the final score doesn’t always show. It was another solid week of growth by the Hustle.

Week 4 Preview

Oklahoma City Blue v Long Island Nets Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

Long Island Nets (5-8) vs. Memphis Hustle 3/4 10:30 AM CT

Delaware Blue Coats (8-4) vs. Memphis Hustle 3/6 2:00 PM CT

Game 14 Preview: The Hustle will look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive against Jeremiah Martin and the Long Island Nets. The former Tiger leads a trio of high performers for the Nets on a team that has been inconsistent in the Gubble. Martin, alongside Reggie Perry and BJ Johnson pack a strong scoring punch averaging 53.6 points per game on the season. The Nets lack offensive firepower outside of those three, however, so if they can limit just one of that trio, it could go along way with extending their season.

Game 15 Preview: The Hustle will wrap up their 15-game regular season with a Saturday matinee against the Delaware Blue Coats. The Blue Coats have been an interesting team in the Gubble, starting out 7-0 but then followed it up with a 4 game losing streak. The Blue Coats are led by MVP-Candidate Paul Reed, averaging a 20-10 double-double and two-way player Rayjon Tucker who is averaging 20 points per game himself on the season. The Blue Coats also get solid production from Justin Robinson, Michael Frazier II and sharpshooter Jared Brownridge. It’s certainly a tough final game of the season for the Hustle, especially with the Blue Coats likely still battling for playoff positioning. Still, the Blue Coats have proven to be beatable and the Hustle may be able to steal a win if Delaware is looking ahead at the playoffs.

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