• Connor Burgan

3 Bros NBA2K Season Simulation

While the NBA is currently under suspension due to the COVID-19 virus, it has left many sport lovers to feel quite empty without any live sports. At the time of suspension on March 10, things were beginning to heat up towards the end of the season as many teams were fighting for a final playoff spot and trying to gain home court advantage going into the playoffs. Since there is a chance the season may not come back, Ive been curious to see how the rest of the season and the playoffs had turned out, using NBA2K20 to help me out. If LeBron James can use NBA2K as a tool to help figure out lineups to use and how to game plan future games, this should be quite realistic..... I hope.

Let's start off with the current standings as of March 10th (When the NBA season was suspended)

Photo from ESPN.com
Photo from ESPN.com

At the end of our 2020 NBA2K season, here are their final records for the season and the simulated records since March 10th.

Not many noticeable changes for the east occurred, but OKC climbing up to the 3rd spot is the most noticeable change at the end of the regular season for the west. Before we get into the playoffs, a few injuries had occurred throughout the simulation that will keep these players out throughout the playoffs such as:

  • Toronto: Pascal Siakam (Torn ACL)

  • Dallas: Willie Cauley-Stein (Torn ACL)

  • Milwaukee: Brook Lopez (Torn Foot Ligament)

  • Denver: Mason Plumlee (Right Leg Fracture)

  • Brooklyn: Jarrett Allen (Pinched Nerve in Back)

  • LA Lakers: Danny Green (High Ankle Sprain)

A major blow to the Raptors hopes of making a run back to the finals once again, losing lead scorer Pascal Siakam. Milwaukee also had a quite significant loss in stretch big, Brook Lopez as his ability to stretch the floor has been vital for the Bucks all season long. Let's get into the start of the playoffs and see how things fold.

Playoff Bracket

After Round One

While no major upsets did occur, both 7th seeded teams came close to an upset. The Mavericks came close to upsetting the LA Clippers. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis averaged a combined 54.4 PPG, but Kawahi Leonard's 28 points in game 7 sealed the deal for the Clippers to advance. Brooklyn was close to mounting an upset without Kyrie Irving as Caris Lavert averaged 24.7 PPG through the series, but the wounded Raptors were able to mount a 41-27 4th quarter comeback to advance to the next round.

After Round 2

Going into the eastern and western conference finals, not much has changed from what many fans may believe will happen. Toronto was unable to seal the deal game seven at home vs Boston, as Jason Tatum had 37 points, leading to a 114-109 victory. Milwaukee had no problems against Miami, as the Heat were unable to score over 105 points once throughout the series. Both Denver and Oklahoma City challenged both LA teams to six games, but with LeBron James not scoring less than 30 in all six games made things too difficult for the Nuggets to handle. Going into the western conference finals for the Lakers, they will now be without forward Markieff Morris due to a torn right meniscus in game 5. Morris was averaging 8 PPG for the Lakers in the playoffs. Now its time for the matchup many fans have waited for, the battle of the west between the LA Lakers and Clippers. This is where things get juicy, folks.

Conference Finals

The battle of LA went to the Los Angeles Lakers as LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for over 75 points in all four of the Lakers wins, to get the Lakers back in the finals since 2010. The Clippers went down, but not without a fight. The Clippers won game 4 and 5 after going down 3-0 in the series. Kawahi Leonard had 31 in game six to end the Clippers season. For the East, it was the Giannis show as Giannis had three triple doubles throughout the series and sent the Celtics home in game six, finishing with 43 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 assists. Jayson Tatum put up two 30+ scoring games, but it wasn't enough for a 2010 NBA finals repeat of Lakers-Celtics. Lets get into the heavyweight matchup of the 2020 decade: LeBron vs Giannis

Game 1

Game one was quite the scoring affair, as the Bucks pulled away 131-124. Eric Bledsoe, Giannis, and Kris Middleton all scored over 20, led by Bledsoe's 27 as their 26 fast break points was too much for the Lakers to handle. For the Lakers, LeBron had his 97th career triple double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists while Anthony Davis led in scoring with 22 points. The Lakers 17 turnovers were costly as Rajon Rondo accounted for 7 of them alone, while still scoring 19. MIL up 1-0

Game 2

Game two was a tough blow for the Lakers after being up 28-17 after the first quarter, losing game two 115-107. The Bucks were able to outscore the Lakers 34-23 in the 2nd quarter and 36-27 in the 4th, with the help of Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way with 35 points and 9 rebounds. Kris Middleton also added into the mix, dropping 30 points on 4/7 shooting from 3. The Lakers were led by Anthony Davis's 30 point outing and LeBron James 98th career triple double of 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Achilles heel for the Lakers in game two: Three point shooting. The Lakers were dreadful from deep, going 6 for 27 from deep. Game three will be crucial for the Lakers to get any form of momentum on their home floor MIL up 2-0

Game 3

Game three was a must win for the Lakers at home, and they were able to do so pulling out a 125-113 victory. LeBron James put it all out on the floor leading all scorers with 39 points. It seemed as if all the Lakers bigs wanted to join in on the party, as JaVale McGee added in 21 points and 9 rebounds, Anthony Davis had 20 points and 8 rebounds, and Dwight Howard chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. The Lakers 68-50 rebounding advantage was a big factor for the Lakers much needed victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 25 points on only 9 shots, but the Bucks put too much butter on their hands pregame with having 19 turnovers. MIL up 2-1

Game 4

After a sloppy game three, the Milwaukee Bucks were focused at home and looked ready to battle, taking game four by the final 120-110. Game 4's MVP was Kris Middleton as Middleton put up 40 points going 8-13 from deep, with 7 rebounds and 3 assists to add on. Giannis Antetokounmpo wanted to join the 30+ point party, adding in 35 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists. On the Lakers end, Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined for 79 as the closest scorer after that was Kyle Kuzma with only 12 points. Milwaukee is now just one game away from winning a title for the first time in over 49 years. With LeBron James and the Lakers being down 3-1 in the finals, its time to see if James has any more magic left to erase this massive deficit, starting with a game 5 win. MIL up 3-1

Game 5

*In my best Kevin Harlan voice* THEY HAVE DONE IT!!! THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS ARE YOUR 2020 NBA CHAMPIONS!! Game five was one for the ages as the Milwaukee Bucks have won their first NBA title since 1971, beating the Lakers 117-113. LeBron James and the Lakers did everything to try and play spoiler, going on a 35-22 run in the 4th, but they came up just short. LeBron James finished game five with 35 points and 9 assists with Dwight Howard's 26 points and 14 rebounds. For the NBA Champions, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kris Middleton both finished with 27 points each and Eric Bledsoe chipping in 18 points to secure the deal. The Bucks 31 assists to 12 turnovers seemed to be too much for the Lakers to overcome in the 4th quarter for get a game six.

The 2020 NBA Finals MVP is awarded to Giannis Antetokounmpo as Giannis averaged 27 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists while shooting 56% from the field and 34% from deep.

While this is only a simulation of what could happen, this doesn't seemed far fetched if the season does return sometime soon. What did you think about this simulation?? Let me know in the comments or on my twitter @BurganConnor

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