Four sweeps detailed the third night of week 11 action, as Raptors Uprising GC set history yet again, Wizards District Gaming and Warriors Gaming Squad cruised to wins, and Bucks Gaming dealt a crushing blow to Grizz Gaming’s playoff hopes.
Raptors Uprising GC def. Lakers Gaming 2-0
Game One: 90-85, RUG
Game Two: 99-68, RUG
Top Performer: KennyGotWork (39 points, 12.5 assists per game)
Give Lakers Gaming credit: they presented more of a challenge than anybody had envisioned, even jumping out to a 19-10 lead to begin the series. In fact, that first contest was tight the entire game, as Sav’s offense (29 points, 14.5 assists per game) was able to keep up with Raptors Uprising’s attack. However, turnovers were an issue (10+ in each contest) for the young point guard, as Toronto’s press continues to be unforgiving for opposing ball-handlers. Lakers Gaming has just one series remaining in their regular season before preparing for the Ticket.
After a sluggish game one, Raptors Uprising GC came out hot in the second contest, recording nearly 50 first-half points behind Sick’s 16 points (8/8 FG). The second half held a similar fate for Lakers Gaming, as Toronto breezed through the next two quarters en route to their fifteenth regular-season series win. No. 15 marks an NBA 2K League record, besting Blazer5 Gaming’s 14 wins (and fourteen straight wins) from last season. In addition, if it wasn’t already blatantly obvious it was going to happen, Raptors Uprising officially clinched the No. 1 seed for this year’s playoffs.
Alone in the record books. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/hHpx2ojjHF
Wizards District Gaming def. Gen.G Tigers 2-0
Game One: 86-62, WDG
Game Two: 68-57, WDG
Top Performer: JBM (34 points, 8 assists per game)
Wizards DG took care of business and defeated the Gen.G Tigers in an easy 2-0 sweep. At times, it didn’t look like Washington even broke a sweat, consistently breaking plays up on the defensive side while confidently going through their progressions on offense. One of the keys to beating Gen.G is getting on them early and taking away the emotional high its players need to fuel themselves. The Wizards did just that by winning the 2nd quarter of game one 21-9 and duplicating that in the opening quarter of game two by a score of 21-7.
For the Tigers, they seemed like they were going through the motions at times, especially after sinking into early holes they couldn’t claw their way out of. Flac looked more involved in the offense this week but was still understandably out of sync with the rest of the team. Unless Gen.G can find some of the magic they had earlier in the season, it may be too difficult of a climb back into the upper echelon of teams.
Just missed the 5×5 🙁 https://t.co/kFOxDAzB7f
Bucks Gaming def. Grizz Gaming 2-1
Game One: 71-68, BCG
Game Two: 85-70, BCG
Top Performer: Plondo (13 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3 blocks per game)
Bucks Gaming grabbed a lightning-fast double-digit lead during the first contest. After relinquishing their early lead, Milwaukee skated by as a couple of late Grizz Gaming misses ensured a game one win for Regg and co. Another quick start gave the Bucks a lead game two, and this time the Bucks wouldn’t let the Grizz make a comeback. All five starters reached double-digits in the scoring department, with Regg’s 29 points leading the way as the team earned their eighth season win. Milwaukee controls its own destiny the rest of the way, with matchups against Lakers and Mavs Gaming looming next week.
Grizz Gaming just didn’t play their best last night. Vandi saw a pair of potential game-tying shots rim out off of open corner three-point attempts as game one neared an end. Vandi (25) and AuthenticAfrican (20) each scored 20+ points in game two but the team couldn’t keep up with Bucks Gaming’s offensive attack. This loss marks Memphis’ eighth of the season and now their playoff prospects are murky as a result. Nonetheless, the team gears up to play Warriors Gaming Squad tonight. With a win and a lot of help, we might just see the Gritty Grizz Gaming in the 2020 playoffs. Maybe.
Final from Game 2 as we sweep @GrizzGaming and move to 8-6 on the season! Officially 7th overall in the standings 🦌🦌🦌See you next week for our final 2 games! pic.twitter.com/mzh0bxTw1h
Warriors Gaming Squad def. Celtics Crossover Gaming 2-0
Game One: 83-53, WGS
Game Two: 96-57, WGS
Top Performer: CB13 (42 points, 11 assists per game)
There weren’t many surprises expected tonight and Celtics Crossover helped play into that narrative, getting swept by Warriors Gaming Squad 2-0. While the allure and excitement of the unknown helped carry their new Fab-less lineup past struggling Heat Check Gaming, it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with the Warriors. Boston struggled from outside, shooting 24% from three throughout the series.
As for the Warriors, they continue to chug along and have their eyes set on closing out the season against the Grizz. The trio of CB13, Gradient, and Slaughter imposed its will on the Celtics and surgically dissected their paint defense. Golden State didn’t have the tournament success it had last season but has instead traded that in for sustained regular season rewards and a comfortable spot in the standings.
With pep in his step, and a hunger for scoring, @CB13 tops off tonight’s MVP presented by @TanduayUSA!CB13 racked up points, passed the ball around, and played solid defense. An all around team-player and driving force in the team! pic.twitter.com/RycmpwXwp1