Knicks Gaming split another pair of matchups in their Week 3 bouts against Raptors Uprising and Celtics Crossover Gaming in the NBA 2K League.
Knicks Gaming split another week of games in Week 3 of the NBA 2K Leagues return via remote play. The Knicks dropped the first series to Raptors Uprising and beat Celtics Crossover Gaming in an exciting Friday night matchup.
In the 2-0 loss against the Raptors, the Knicks were outclassed on both ends of the floor. Raptors Uprising’s offense was constantly in motion, creating openings and abusing the Knicks slow rotations on defense. Point guard KennyGotWork lit them up in both games, scoring 37 points in the first game and 32 points in the second. The 2K League has been uploading highlight reels on their YouTube page of matches, which can be found here. New Knicks Gaming member EhTruth made his debut for the team, subbing in at the power forward position for Hazza. Raptors Uprising are now 6-0, currently possessing the best record in the league.
The real excitement from Week 3 came against the Celtics. Knicks Gaming crushed them in Game 1, with new Knicks phenom Duck scoring 39 of the teams 69 points in a 69-43 blowout victory aired on ESPN2 on Friday evening. The Knicks showed their defensive prowess in the first game, keeping star guard oFab to 24 points on 20 shots and limiting the rest of the teams players to under double-digit scoring. Center CantGuardRob was a monster in the paint, notching eight points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.
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— KnicksGaming (@KnicksGaming) May 23, 2020
Knicks Gaming couldn’t close out the series in Game 2, getting out to a slow start from which they never fully recovered. The Celtics jumped out to a 10-0 run to start the game, and although the Knicks eventually crawled their way back to tie it in the fourth quarter, they couldn’t find a lead and lost 58-57 in a nail bitter. Truth had his first big moment for the Knicks, draining a three with just a second left, but sadly the Knicks couldn’t foul in time to force free throws. A big part of why the Knicks couldn’t close out the series in two games was that they couldn’t rely on Duck, the second overall selection of last February’s draft, who had six turnovers and only 14 points. The Celtics were more agile on defense and their efforts to stop him were more dramatic.
Luckily in Game 3, Duck obliterated the Celtics’ defense. He had has best game as a Knick so far, scoring 42 points, leading KNX to a much needed victory. There was a game crash during Game 3, leading to match restart, which can be noted in the third game’s scoreboard.
— NBA2KLeague (@NBA2KLeague) May 23, 2020
Duck is truly a pleasure to have on this Knicks Gaming squad. His ability to drive coast to coast, catching defenders lacking is a huge offensive threat. He’s a fantastic dribbler and playmaker, and I hope to see more consistency and steady improvement from him throughout the season. His ceiling as a player is incredibly high, and Knicks Gaming will go as far as he can take them.
Knicks Gaming sit at 2-2 on the season, and in Week 4 they take on Hornets Venom GT, Blazers Gaming, and Cavs Legion GC. The full NBA 2K League schedule can be found here.