Kings Guard Gaming fell just short of winning "THE TIPOFF," the first of three in-season tournaments for the NBA 2K League.
KGG made it all the way to the finals of the tournament where they faced off against Raptors Uprising GC, the hottest team in the league right now. The series wasn't very competitive with the Raptors sweeping the Kings in back-to-back blowout victories.
It's not a surprising outcome given the Raptors' success this season. They're the lone remaining undefeated squad at 9-0 in the regular season. The tournament win for the Raptors secures them the $70,000 first-place prize and the first tournament banner which connects with the next two tournament banners to create "THE BANNER CHAIN."
The Kings can hold their heads high on a successful tournament. Not only do they take away the $50,000 second place prize, but they also proved themselves as one of the top dogs in the NBA 2K League.
All 23 teams participated in the group stage of the tournament. Kings Guard breezed through their group going 3-1 to advance to the quarterfinals where they would take on Grizz Gaming.
The Kings and Grizz played each other earlier in the regular season which resulted in a sweep for the Kings to win that matchup and this series would see the same thing happen advancing the Kings to the semifinals.
Once again, the Kings faced off against another team they've played in the regular season, Jazz Gaming. The regular-season matchup was a sweep for the Kings, but this time it took the Kings all three games to beat the Jazz and move on to the finals.
Kings Guard Gaming went 7-4 throughout the tournament which started on Tuesday. They will look to continue that momentum when the regular season continues for them on June 25 against T-Wolves Gaming. KGG currently sits at 6-3 in Season 3, putting them in a tie for 6th place.
Kings Guard also announced on Tuesday that they'll be teaming up with IOGEAR to enhance their gameplay in the 2020 NBA 2K League Season. IOGEAR will provide the Kings with tools and accessories to use during gameplay to deliver "pro-quality content to fans."
Warriors Gaming Squad was one of the last remaining undefeated teams back in week 5, but their current three-matchup losing streak has them looking like a different team.
WGS, now 6-3, struggled in week 7 against Mavs Gaming (8-3) and Magic Gaming (3-6). There's no doubt that the Warriors remain one of the top teams in the league, but that hasn't been reflected on the scoreboard as of late. Most of their losses within each series have been close but an untimely missed shot or hot stretch by the opposing team has cost them.
The matchup against the Mavs on Thursday was the definition of heartbreaking. A one-point loss is always tough, but a one-point loss in both games of the series stings that much more. It really could have gone either way, but a 61-60 loss in Game 1 and a 60-59 loss in Game 2 was enough to drop the matchup.
Friday Night's series against Magic Gaming could have been a good time for WGS to get back to their winning ways. The Magic have been struggling to start the season and entered the matchup with a 2-6 record. But the Warriors' loss in three games proves that there are no easy matchups in the NBA 2K League.
Magic Gaming got off to a hot start in the series with a 60-52 win in Game 1.
We finally saw the dominant Warriors team we've become accustomed to see during an 84-52 win in Game 2. With the game tied at 32-32 entering the 3rd quarter, WGS went on an incredible 25-4 run to completely pull away from Magic Gaming.
The second half run was fueled by CB13's ability to put the ball in the hoop. The Warriors point guard nearly outscored the Magic by himself in this game finishing with 51 points.
Warriors Gaming had all the momentum entering Game 3 and held a small lead throughout. It looked like they would be getting back in the win column but a late fourth-quarter run by the Magic handed WGS a 58-53 loss.
WGS now has dropped from second to seventh place in the last two weeks of regular season play. They will enter their week 8 matchup against Hawks Talon GC (3-3) looking to end the losing streak and make the climb back up the leaderboard.
SAN FRANCISCO – Warriors Gaming Squad (WGS), the NBA 2K League affiliate team of the Golden State Warriors, today announced their remaining schedule for the 2020 NBA 2K League season, which includes remote gameplay through at least Week 11. Throughout the 2020 NBA 2K League season, select games will be aired live on ESPN2, ESPN.com and the ESPN apps and all matchups will be simulcast live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.
Warriors Gaming Squad’s 6-1 regular season record is tied for second-best in the league after starting the season with a franchise-best 6-0 mark. Second year point guard Charlie “CB13” Bostwick leads the team with 33.1 points and 7.2 assists per contest while center Malik “Slaughter” Leisinger is averaging a double-double with 11.5 points and 15.7 rebounds per game. WGS also holds a 2-2 tournament record after last week’s THE TIPOFF tournament.
The team’s remaining schedule is below:
Founded in 2017, Warriors Gaming Squad is the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, one of 23 teams who compete in the league. During the 2019 season, the team made history as the first in league history to win multiple tournaments in the same season. For more information on Warriors Gaming Squad, visit @WarriorsGaming on Facebook
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