|Celtics Crossover Gaming||15||17||20||26||78|
After falling short during THE TIPOFF to open the season, Blazer5 Gaming have fully exercized their demons here at THE TURN with a big win. Not only did they take down Celtics Crossover Gaming 92-78 in the finals, but they beat every single one of their opponents by double-digits to take home a piece of the 2K League banner.
Their finals match against the Celtics was the perfect exclamation point on what was an impressive all-around performance this weekend. The Big 3 of Mama Im Dat Man, Dat Boy Shotz, and OneWildWalnut outscored and outrebounded the whole Celtics roster, combining for 86 points and 28 rebounds.
Blazer5 Gaming simply outworked their opponents, jumping out to a 22-15 first quarter advantage before pushing the lead to 46-32 at the half. That was enough for them to coast through the second half, defending the C’s right up until the final whistle.
This game is a good indicator of where the NBA 2K League meta stands, as the strategy of one pure rim protector at the five was on full display as Blazer5 dominated the paint. That, combined with three players taking sharpshooting archetypes, is currently what leads to high scoring games and tournament victories.
Next week, Blazer5 Gaming will have a major target on their backs during a planned doubleheader, where they will try to extend their 2K League winning streak to 10 by playing 76ers Gaming Club and Heat Check Gaming within a five hour stretch.