It’s Blazer5 game day!
Blazer5 Gaming, the official e-sports team of the Portland Trail Blazers, is heading to the NBA 2K playoffs with one goal in mind: redeem their early playoff exit in 2018 and take home the coveted championship trophy.
Following a loss to the T-Wolves Gaming in their regular-season finale, Blazer5 still managed to finish the season with 14-straight wins and the league’s best season record for the second-straight year.
Heading into Wednesday’s playoffs, they’ll be one of two teams, including 76ers GC, to make a return to the postseason, but there’s no denying they’ll have some stiff competition.
Here's a look at what you need to know about the first round of the playoffs, which begins on Wednesday:
Blazer5 is currently listed as a -500 favorite against Warriors Gaming Squad at +323, according to Sports Gamers World.
Schedule for Day 1
Blazer5 gaming will open up the playoffs with a three-game series against Warriors Gaming Squad, who will make their first appearance in the postseason at 2:00 p.m. PT.
They will reconvene and play Warriors Gaming Squad at 4:00 p.m. PT and if necessary, again at 6:00 p.m. PT.
Mama Im Dat Man is coming off a game-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting with 10 assists in Blazer5’s loss to T-Wolves Gaming. He’s averaging 23.1 points per game to go along with 11.6 assists per game and will likely lead the way for Blazer5. He has been named a finalist for NBA 2K League Most Valuable Player for a second-consecutive season.
Center OneWildWalnut, last year’s MVP, is also coming off a 12 points, 9 rebound performance. He averages 15.9 points per game and 12.6 assists per game.
BSmoove leads Warriors Gaming in scoring with 15.8 points and 4.1 assists with 26 starts. Type adds 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game.
Warriors Gaming and Blazer5 Gaming met once in Week 2. Blazer5 Gaming came away with the 64-53 victory behind stellar performances from Mama Im Dat Man, OneWildWalnut and LavishPhenom, who combined for 45 points.
What to know
The NBA 2K League Playoffs officially begin today, July 24. The games take place in New York City and the championship winners will walk away with more than just bragging rights. How about a prize pool of $720,000? Not bad for the league's second-season championship winner.