In the spirit of the NBA Finals, I turn to a popular game in the sports game genre: NBA 2K.
For basketball fans (and a few gamers), the NBA 2K franchise is a staple of their fandom. It puts fate of NBA fans favorite teams in their own hands. In their world, they can sign Kevin Durant to the Utah Jazz. LeBron James could get traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. NBA 2K allows fans to have fun and create the most unlikely scenarios. If you need a break from first-person shooters or survival horror games, NBA 2K gives gamers a chance to do so.
The NBA Finals begin today at 9:00PM EST. The Toronto Raptors host the Golden State Warriors. For the Raptors, this is the first time they’ve reached the Finals. On the other hand, their opponent has made five straight Finals. The Warriors are arguably the favorites, but the Raptors have a chance to make history. It all starts tonight.
So, I took it upon myself to simulate a series between the two teams to see who would win. I set the quarter length to the standard 12 minutes per quarter. The series began with a Raptors win on their home court.
Let the simulation begin!
In the first game, the Raptors beat the Warriors in a close 114-12 game. For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points. His teammates Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam, and Kyle Lowry scored 25,20, and 16 respectively. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 24 points but had little help from others. The Raptors started off the series with a 1-0 lead.
The Warriors responded with a blowout win in Game 2. They beat the Raptors 120-91. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 29 points and his teammate Curry had 17 points. Despite seven players scoring in double figures, the Raptors loss Game 2. The Warriors tied the series 1-1.
The simulation continued with the Warriors returning to Oakland. The Warriors blew out the Raptors in 17-point win. Curry exploded for 42 points and Thompson had 18. They also received contributions from an unexpected teammate. Jonas Jerebko scored 10 points as the Warriors placed him in the starting lineup. For the Raptors, Leonard scored 36 points but had little help. In Game 3, the Warriors took a 2-1 lead over the Raptors.
The Raptors bounced back with a win in Game 4. Toronto beat the Warriors 117-93. In this game, the Raptors had seven players in double figures. Leonard had 24 points and 11 rebounds. Marc Gasol had 17 points, Fred VanVleet had 15 points, Kyle Lowry had 14 points and Jeremy Lin had 12. Serge Ibaka had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. For the Warriors, Curry had 24 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 15. The Raptors tied the series 2-2.
The series continued with the Raptors winning Game 5. The series went back and forth until Game 7. The Raptors won the series and ultimately beat the Warriors. The hero of Game 7 was a surprise. Gasol lead the Raptors with 33 points and 10 rebounds. His teammates also contributed with points of their own. Leonard and Lowry had 19 points. VanVleet scored 13 points. The Raptors won this game and in turn dethroned the Warriors. They won the series 4-3.
The NBA Finals are an exciting time for fans of the game. As a gamer, I like having the ability to combine both interests. NBA 2K allows fans (such as myself) to do so.
The 2K simulation is a glimpse of what the Finals could be. If the simulation is anything like the actual finals, fans are in for a good one.
Simulation Result- The Raptors win the series in seven games!
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