It’s time to lock in, you might hear lockdown defender NateKahl say, and not just to NBA 2K League Locked In, in whose opening episode NetsGC featured.
Week four matters, not simply for its regular season implications but also due to its ramifications for THE TURN Tournament, to be played in Las Vegas from May 9-11. Teams sitting below 11th in the standings after week four will need to win a play-in game to qualify for the main tournament bracket. NetsGC currently resides in 12th place, just outside the automatic qualifier zone; two wins in week four, or potentially even one win, would be enough to see the team safely into the main bracket in Las Vegas.
Vegas, baby! 🎲🎰💰
Get your tickets NOW!
— NetsGC (@netsgamingcrew) April 30, 2019
But there are tough opponents still to topple. In the team’s first game of the week, on May 1 at 8 pm EST, NetsGC goes up against fellow expansion franchise Hawks Talon GC (2-1). Atlanta’s finest have flourished in the regular season since moving second-round pick Rando to point guard, and keyed by DatBoyShotz’s league-leading 5.5 steals per game, Hawks Talon has subtly emerged as one of the more consistent teams in the league. NetsGC knows that it must protect the ball more than it did in last week’s two losses, keyed by Wavy.zay (7.8 assists per game) at the point of attack.
We're tied at 21 after one
— NetsGC (@netsgamingcrew) April 27, 2019
At 7 pm EST on May 2, NetsGC takes on Celtics Crossover Gaming (0-3). Boston, after finishing as runners-up in THE TIPOFF Tournament, has pahked its proverbial cahr in the basement, as it sits last in the NBA 2K League heading into week four. But with star point guard oFab at the helm, and small forward Profusion averaging 18.7 points per game, Celtics Crossover Gaming is still a dangerous opponent. Defensive versatility and communication will be imperative for NetsGC. Second-round pick Shuttles (3.3 steals per game) is poised to play a key role in stabilizing the team’s defense against some of the league’s most talented offensive players.
These two games matter. That’s why NateKahl isn’t spending time talking to me, but is instead busy preparing, as he might say, to lock in.