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.
Warriors Gaming Squad clinched their second-straight playoff appearance Tuesday after a 2-0 series sweep against T-Wolves Gaming.
WGS is one of just four teams to have already clinched a playoff spot with a week and a half still remaining on the regular-season schedule. After a hot 6-0 start to the season, the Warriors have kept stride and currently sit at 11-3.
Just like CB13 has done all season -- he leads the team in points (31.3) and assists (8.1) per game -- the Warriors point guard led the way in the playoff-clinching series against the T-Wolves.
CB13's consistent play and ability to score in bunches has put him in the conversation for the NBA 2K League's MVP award.
Warriors Gaming Squad didn't make it to this position because of just one player, which can often be the case, but CB13 is surrounded by talent who consistently steps up when called upon. Whether it's BSmoove providing the secondary scoring when the team needs it most, or Gradient working on both ends of the court, WGS has proven to be a complete team.
Slaughter, the 2020 first-round pick of the Warriors, has locked down the center position and is putting up outstanding numbers while doing so. He's currently averaging a double-double for the season, with 11.7 points and 14.4 rebounds per game.
Warriors Gaming Squad still has two matchups left in the regular season. They have the potential to climb the standings with the two teams currently ahead of them, holding the same amount of wins with just one fewer loss. Realistically, the highest seed WGS could earn would be the No. 2 spot. Raptors Uprising GC has been locked into first place from the jump, sitting at a perfect 13-0 record.
The remaining couple of matchups this season will be a good tune-up for the Warriors as they get ready to make a run at their first NBA 2K League Championship.
Prior to the coronavirus, the summertime was when youth sports organizations, such as AAU, ramped up to give kids a place to compete and grow during their time off from school. Most of those leagues and organizations won't be happening this summer, but the Golden State Warriors and Warriors Gaming Squad are doing what they can to fill that void.
Warriors Gaming Squad announced on Friday an NBA2K tournament for AAU basketball teams who are unable to compete due to the coronavirus.
The Bay Area Showdown gives AAU teams a chance to compete against each other on the virtual hardwood for prizes such as Warriors Gaming Squad swag, money for their team and a 30-minute private training session with the Warriors Basketball Academy.
In a time when much of our normal lives have changed, it's innovation and creativity that can help get us through it.
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