The trip to Vegas didn’t pan out the way the team wanted, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t more than worthwhile.
⚫️ We’re headed back to Brooklyn! ⚪️
— Brooklyn NetsGC (@NetsGamingCrew) May 12, 2019
NetsGC flew out to Las Vegas to compete in the first-ever NBA 2K League tournament outside of New York. THE TURN, hosted at the HyperX Esports Arena, carried with it the promise of a $180,000 prize pool, the largest tournament sum in NBA 2K League history. The tournament also featured the first-ever “archetype ban” system, wherein teams were permitted to restrict both teams from using a certain archetype at one position.
Seeded 15th overall, NetsGC was slated for a play-in game against Celtics Crossover Gaming on the first day of the tournament, a rematch of a week four defeat. NetsGC banned the sharpshooting rebounder at center, while Celtics Crossover eliminated the power forward sharpshooting rim protector. Celtics Crossover raced out to an early lead, and NetsGC was unable to claw back despite NateKahl’s 13 points and three steals. Shuttles continued his stat-sheet-stuffing ways, dishing out three assists from the center position and adding three steals of his own.
The trip was a success off the court. NetsGC made and found fans on the famous Vegas strip and also showed out at the NBA 2K League’s pick-up basketball game on Friday morning.
Check out what went down below ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/VD8Ke6JWe1
— NetsGC (@netsgamingcrew) May 11, 2019
A little rim grazer for the guys.
— Lazu (@JoelLazu) May 12, 2019
Celtics Crossover Gaming went on to eliminate No. 1 overall seed Pacers Gaming before being eliminated in turn by 76ers GC in the quarterfinals. In the other first round upset, No. 14 seed T-Wolves Gaming upset No. 3 seed Blazer5 Gaming.
Eventual champion Warriors Gaming squad secured its share of upsets. Warriors Gaming Squad defeated Mavs Gaming and Jazz Gaming in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, after eking out a victory over Heat Check Gaming in the round of 16. Originally seeded No. 7 overall, the Warriors defeated two higher seeds and then the favored 76ers in the finals.
In the final, Warriors Gaming Squad topped 76ers GC, winners of the preseason TIPOFF Tournament. Center Type had a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double on his birthday, while CB13 and BSmoove scored 17 points apiece in the win. Type was named tournament MVP after averaging 13.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. The team takes home over $90,000 from the overall $180,000 prize pool.
Up Next: It’s back to home turf for Nets GC. On Friday, May 17, the team will take on fellow expansion squad Lakers Gaming (1-4), who fell in the first round of the TURN to Knicks Gaming.
We’re a family, on and off the court 🙌 pic.twitter.com/bkOC04zsAj
— Brooklyn NetsGC (@NetsGamingCrew) May 10, 2019