NetsGC, Warriors Gaming Squad and Jazz Gaming sealed berths in the NBA 2K League playoffs on Friday — and none of the three teams was in action.
The Nets (15-11) wrapped up the fifth and final automatic Eastern Conference postseason berth when Knicks Gaming fell 87-66 to Blazer5 Gaming. The Knicks won the back half of the doubleheader against Blazer5 89-66, but they were already eliminated from contention by that point.
The night’s results in the Western Conference allowed the Warriors (16-10) and Jazz (17-9) to wrap up postseason slots.
The fifth and final automatic Western Conference playoff berth will be decided Saturday on the last night of the regular season.
Kings Guard Gaming (15-13) put themselves in position to advance thanks to a Friday sweep of Lakers Gaming, 83-74 and 79-72. Blazer5 (14-12) and Pistons GT (14-12) still could catch the Kings, though. Blazer5 will play Mavs Gaming twice on Saturday while the Pistons will contest a doubleheader against Hawks Talon GC.
The Pistons earned a 108-105 win over Pacers Gaming on Friday after dropping the teams’ opener 89-70. In the high-scoring nightcap, Ethan “Radiant” White racked up 19 points and 25 assists for the Pacers while Enrique Xavier “630” Barraza had 65 points for the Pacers.
In the other Friday series, the Gen.G Tigers beat the Hawks twice, 75-62 and 89-61.
Matthew “Bash” Robles logged 42 points and 13 assists for Blazer5 in their win over the Knicks. Malik “OriginalMalik” Hobson scored 23 in defeat.
The Knicks won the rematch behind 28 points and 12 assists from Christopher “Duck” Charles. Bash scored 26 in the loss.
Nidal “Mama Im Dat Man” Nasser averaged 35.5 points and 12.5 assists in the Kings’ two wins. Maurice “ReeseDaGod” Delaney averaged 29 points for the Lakers in their two setbacks.
The season includes three tournaments: The Tipoff (May 19-22, won by T-Wolves Gaming), The Turn (July 14-17, won by Hornets Venom GT) and The Ticket (Aug. 19-21). The Ticket will include the 13 teams that didn’t automatically qualify for the postseason, and the event’s top two finishers will earn playoff berths.
Early rounds of the playoffs are scheduled for Aug. 26-28, and the championship match will be Sept. 4.
The regular season closes Saturday with four doubleheaders:
–Blazer5 Gaming vs. Mavs Gaming
–Jazz Gaming vs. Warriors Gaming Squad
–Pistons GT vs. Hawks Talon GC
–Bucks Gaming vs. NetsGC
NBA 2K League standings (top five teams from each conference reach the playoffs, with two more berths to be determined by The Ticket tournament). “x” denotes teams that have clinched playoff spots.
x-1. Wizards District Gaming, 22-6
x-2. Hornets Venom GT, 19-9
x-3. Grizz Gaming, 18-10
x-4. NetsGC, 15-11
x-5. 76ers GC, 16-12
T6. Knicks Gaming, 14-14
T6. Gen.G Tigers, 14-14
8. Magic Gaming, 13-15
T9. Celtics Crossover Gaming, 12-16
T9. Heat Check Gaming, 12-16
11. Raptors Uprising GC, 9-19
12. Hawks Talon GC, 6-20
x-1. T-Wolves Gaming, 21-7
x-2. Pacers Gaming, 20-8
x-3. Jazz Gaming, 17-9
x-4. Warriors Gaming Squad, 16-10
T5. Pistons GT, 14-12
T5. Blazer5 Gaming, 14-12
7. Kings Guard Gaming, 15-13
8. Cavs Legion GC, 11-17
9. Mavs Gaming, 8-18
10. Bucks Gaming, 5-21
11. Lakers Gaming, 3-25
–Field Level Media