The third of week five saw just two games played, but both went to three games and finished with exciting contests across the board.
NetsGC def. Celtics Crossover Gaming 2-1
NetsGC improved to 3-1 on the season behind Choc and Shuttles’ impressive play against Celtics Crossover. Choc continues to score at will on the league build, averaging nearly 35 points per game across four contests. It’s now three straight wins for a team that began the season suspending a key player, signing a new player, and putting it all together on the fly just days before debuting. Hats off to NetsGC for their perseverance and battling through adversity, when nobody really saw this coming. NetsGC will conclude their jam-packed week tomorrow night with a bout against the best team in the league, Raptors Uprising.
Boston is now 0-5 through their first five series, but they showed some promise tonight. The team defense undoubtedly improved, but a few possessions swung momentum the wrong way and Brooklyn walked away with the win. Sitting at 0-5, the Celtics know they need to start stringing wins together before their season’s fate is determined by tournament play. Fab has been able to score well, but continues to struggle with turnovers, recording 22 total tonight. Celtics Crossover is most likely looking forward to the end of remote play, considering their connection issues, which didn’t help Easy in game three, where he shot 1/12 from the field. However, the final and toughest test of their remote schedule against the Raptors next Friday still remains to be played.
Grizz Gaming def. Pistons GT 2-1
Grizz Gaming stifled a couple of Detroit comeback bids, winning the series and improving its record to 3-4. After a less-than-ideal beginning to their season, Memphis has quietly rebounded behind strong play from both Vandi and Goofy. Vandi averaged 34 points and 7 assists per game, including a near 50-bomb (47 total) in a must-win game two. While turnovers were a problem that sparked many Detroit runs, Memphis was able to get stops and buckets when it mattered most. Grizz Gaming gears up to take on the reigning champion T-Wolves early next week.
Pistons GT drops yet another series, leaving their season record at 1-5. This really felt like DemonJT’s last chance to be a lead ball-handler in this league, and it could have gone better. The point guard had more turnovers (9) than points (5) in game one, and despite a 35-point effort in game two, Detroit couldn’t close out the series, leaving the opportunity open for the Grizz, who would ultimately take advantage. DevGoss was a major bright spot tonight, however. The two-way finisher shot 79% from the field and averaged 22 points per game. Dev and co. will look forward to another chance to turnaround their season against a tough Mavs matchup next Monday.