T-Wolves Gaming vs. Warriors Gaming Squad - 07/26/19 - NBA 2K League

Friday, July 26

5:00 PM - ET


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T-Wolves Register Double Digit Win

T-Wolves Gaming (10-6) took Game 1 of its series against Warriors Gaming (7-9) 71-53 on Friday to kick off the second round of the 2019 NBA 2K League Playoffs.

The T-Wolves have been telling people for weeks now that nobody wanted to face them in the playoffs, and they continued to show why to kick off Friday’s slate. BearDaBeast took player of the match honors with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 15 assists and five rebounds but this was by no means a one-man show. TURNUPDEFENSE took awhile to get going but finished with 22 points, shooting 4-of-8 from beyond the arc while JoJo had 16 points as Bear’s partner in crime, breaking the Warriors’ vaunted defense with textbook pick-and-rolls. The T-Wolves weren’t perfect, committing a couple of bad fouls and taking their foot off the gas in the fourth, allowing a 20-point lead to get reduced to 13 at points, but in spite of those things they looked incredibly clean. When FEAST and TURNUPDEFENSE lead a strong defense and this strong offense only committed four turnovers all game, it’s not hard to see why this expansion team might just sweep its way to finals.

Warriors Gaming came into this game as an eight seed taking on a four seed, so why did it feel like they got upset? The answer is, of course, that the Warriors have won two mid-season tournaments this year, the first team ever to do that, but there isn’t much playoff experience on this squad and it showed. Bsmoove led the Warriors with 18 points but had a bad shooting night, going just 7-of-15 from the field and 3-of-9 from beyond the arc, missing some wide open looks. CB13 had 13 points and six assists but was a liability on defense, letting TURNUPDEFENSE take several wide open looks from the right corner, and committed five turnovers. Gradient didn’t take a single shot this game and committed five personal fouls. If the Warriors want to show the rest of the league that they are the team to beat in tournaments, it’ll have to get its act together quickly.

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