By Kristian Cuaresma
1 – The Jyden Effect Exists
Trading for Jyden may have saved NetsGC’s 3v3 season. Since acquiring the rookie from Cavs Legion GC, NetsGC is 6-3 on the blacktop and advanced to the second round of bracket play in THE SWITCH. This is an improvement of the team’s 2-4 record during the league’s inaugural 3v3 event earlier this season. Last night against Raptors Uprising GC, Jyden averaged 15.3 points, 2.3 assists and shot 81 percent from the perimeter. NetsGC relentlessly hunted FantaSZN on switches and whenever Raptors Uprising conceded the matchup, Jyden exposed the mismatch.
2 – A Storm is Brewing
Entering 3v3 Seed Weeks, Raptors Uprising GC seemingly stumbled onto a winning formula. Toronto moved to a two-guard system with Kenny Got Work and FantaSZN and finished THE SWITCH’s group play with a two-game win streak. While Raptors Uprising GC used a different lineup last night, they were still a formidable team attempting to make a desperate push for the playoffs. Despite this, NetsGC quickly defeated Raptors Uprising and proved that their turnaround in THE SWITCH was not a fluke. With 76ers GC and Knicks Gaming awaiting the team later this week, NetsGC will not wait long to find out if they are the real deal.
3 – Gotham City
While NetsGC and Knicks Gaming do not play until Friday, both teams made an early power move last night with their respective victories. NetsGC’s win over Raptors Uprising and Knicks Gaming’s victory over Grizz Gaming was an early warning to the teams behind them. New York’s win also meant that Brooklyn could not narrow the two-point gap separating the teams. After Knicks Gaming prevented NetsGC from taking their playoff spot in 5v5, it seems the 2K basketball gods are tying these two franchises together for another entertaining home stretch in 3v3.