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Warriors Gaming Squad tops in NBA 2K League after Cavs Legion sweep

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Warriors Gaming Squad

Warriors Gaming Squad tops in NBA 2K League after Cavs Legion sweep

Warriors Gaming Squad ended Friday night's matchup with Cavs Legion GC the same way they began: Undefeated in the NBA 2K League.

A perfect 4-0 start for WGS has them sitting in a three-way tie for first place with Mavs Gaming and Raptors Uprising GC. It was the second series win in Week 2 for WGS after beating 76ers GC on Wednesday.

WGS swept the best-of-three series, but both games against Cavs Legion on Friday were hard-fought.

Slaughter nailed both free throws in the final seconds of Game 1 after grabbing a huge offensive rebound, sealing a 61-56 win. The game was tied at 56 apiece headed into the final minute. In Game 2, we saw something CB13 and WGS we haven't seen so far this season: A low-scoring first half, as the team's leading scorer went cold. 

WGS overcame a slow start in the 61-47 win, in large part because they have multiple people on the roster who can step up on offense when needed. Bsmoove took over in the second quarter, and he helped turn a 5-point deficit at the end of the first quarter into a 2-point lead at halftime.

It was a full team effort in the second half, and WGS started to look more like themselves. They slowly pulled away for a double-digit victory in Game 2 and a series win. 

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We're not accustomed to seeing that kind of performance from Warriors Gaming Squad this season, but they're happy to stay undefeated regardless.

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WGS will have just one matchup in Week 3 against Lakers Gaming on Tuesday.

Golden Guardians finalize LCS, Academy rosters for 2020 Summer Split

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Golden Guardians

Golden Guardians finalize LCS, Academy rosters for 2020 Summer Split

SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden Guardians (GG), an esports affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, have finalized their LCS and Academy rosters for the 2020 Summer Split of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), pending Riot approval. The full 2020 Summer Split LCS roster is listed below:
 
Position       Name
Top                Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell
Jungle           Can “Closer” Çelik
Mid                Tanner “Damonte” Damonte
AD Carry       Victor “FBI” Huang
Support         Jae-Hyun “Huhi” Choi
 
Damonte, who competed in 2019 Worlds with Clutch Gaming, joins the Golden Guardians after competing with Dignitas Academy during the 2020 Spring Split. Çelik, Choi, Huang and Yarnell all are making returns to the GG LCS roster for the upcoming split. 
 
The 2020 Summer Split Academy roster is listed below:
 
Position       Name
Top                Darshan “ZionSpartan” Upadhyaya
Jungle           Anthony “Hard” Barkhovtsev
Mid                Nicholas “Ablazeolive” Antonio Abbott / Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer
AD Carry       Alex “Gorica” Gorica / Yuri “Keith” Jew
Support         Johnathan “Chime” Pomponio
 
On the Academy roster, Nicholas “Ablazeolive” Antonio Abbott and Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer will be competing for Mid spot and Alex “Gorica” Gorica and Yuri “Keith” Jew will be competing for the AD Carry spot.
 
In addition to the above roster updates, Joo-Sung “Olleh” Kim will return to the Golden Guardians as a positional coach, focusing on the development of those playing Support. Kim spent the 2019 LCS season with the Golden Guardians, competing on both the LCS and Academy rosters and most recently spent the 2020 Spring Split competing with Dignitas Academy.
 
The 2020 Academy Summer Split begins on Thursday, June 11 and the LCS Summer Split begins on Friday, June 12.
 
Founded in 2017, the Golden Guardians are an esports affiliate of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The Bay Area-based organization currently sponsors professionals competing in Apex Legends, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Teamfight Tactics and World of Warcraft. For more information on the Golden Guardians, visit goldenguardians.com.

Kings Guard Gaming sets NBA 2K League record on way to win over Jazz Gaming

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Kings Guard Gaming

Kings Guard Gaming sets NBA 2K League record on way to win over Jazz Gaming

Kings Guard Gaming had quite an eventful night on Thursday while on their way to a win against Jazz Gaming and a 4-2 season record.

Not only did the Kings break an NBA 2K League record for the fewest amount of points given up in the first half of Game 1, but they also hit a game-winning shot with just seconds left in Game 2.

The Jazz, now 1-1, never really stood a chance in the first game, losing to the Kings 77-30. Most of that work was done in the first two quarters.

Kings Guard jumped out to a 17-1 run to start the game and it was smooth sailing after that. The Kings' defense held the Jazz to just seven points in the first half. Jazz Gaming had a hard time getting a shot up and when they did, the Kings' defense was suffocating shooters causing missed shot after missed shot.

Often times, no matter the sport, when a team is completely blown out in one game, they come out hot and ready to bounce back in the next. That's exactly what Jazz Gaming did in Game 2.

The Jazz held the lead for most of the game before the Kings made yet another incredible comeback and won 62-60 on a game-winning dunk by DatBoyShotz.

There was still 3.9 left on the clock after that dunk, but the Kings' defense stood up to hold on for the game and series win.

Kings Guard Gaming's team defense, led by Yusuf_Scarbz who was named to the All-Defense team last season, is proving to be one of the best in the league and a tough matchup for any opponent.

The defense will be put to the test next week when they face Blazer5 Gaming, currently sitting at a perfect 4-0.