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Blazer5 Gaming looks to redeem early playoff loss in 2018

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Blazer5 Gaming looks to redeem early playoff loss in 2018

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: 

Betting odds 

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. 

Top players

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. 

History

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. 

Blazer5 Gaming sets roster for Season 2

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Blazer5 Gaming sets roster for Season 2

Season 2 of the NBA 2K League is upon us, kicking off with a giant draft night event at Brooklyn's Barclays Centers on Wednesday. For those of you that don't remember, the Blazers 2K team, known as Blazer5 Gaming, was one of the best teams in the league last season. 

Blazer5 made it to the finals of The Tipoff tournament to kick off the season, but fell just short of winning. However, they bounced back later in the year winning The Turn championship and continued a run of dominance that netted them the No.1 overall seed in the playoffs.

With league MVP Dayne Downey (OneWildWalnut) and team captain Nidal Nasser (Mama Im Dat Man) running the show Blazer5 looked to bring home the inaugural league championship. However, Knicks Gaming pulled off the biggest upset in the history of the young league when they knocked out the No.1 seed in the first round of the playoffs. 

But that was last season. This is now. Three players from last season's roster were retained by Blazer5: OneWildWalnut, Mama Im Dat Man, and Andron Thomas (Lavish_Phenom). Added to that trio this offseason was Matthew Hofmann (KinG PeroXide) via an early October trade with Bucks Gaming. 

In Wednesday's draft, the team added two more pieces to fill out its roster: one league rookie and one familiar face. Blazer5 used the 36th pick in the draft to select David Urena (Too Cool), a talented power forward. They later used the 71st pick to select Jomar Varela-Escapa (Jomar12_PR).  If Jomar12_PR sounds familiar, it's because he was a member of Blazers5 gaming last season.  He was not retained at seasons end, thus re-entered the draft pool. 

Tool Cool will likely fill the void of the departed Connor Rodrigues (Dat Boy Shots), who was selected by Hawks Talon GC with the first pick in the expansion draft in September. Too Cool has big shoes to fill. Dat Boy Shots was a key contributor for Blazer5 last season, averaging 19.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. 

Last year's starting shooting guard Grant Barker (GRANT MONSTER) was not retained at season's end and was selected by Mavs Gaming in the draft. His starting role will likely go to the newly acquired KinG PeroXide. King PeroXide averaged 13.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists last season; a 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, and 2.1apg improvement over GRANT MONSTER. 

With Tool Cool and KinG PeroXide added to a solid group of Blazer5 vets, the squad hopes to bounce back from last year's disappointing showing in the playoffs and build off the success of the inaugural season. Can Blazer5 bring home a championship? We will find out when Season 2 tips off on April 2. 

Blazers backcourt looks strong in official 2k rankings 

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Blazers backcourt looks strong in official 2k rankings 

NBA 2K19 hits store shelves on September 11, but fans got an early taste of what’s to come thanks to Twitter.

The fine folks at 2K held a special release party on Wednesday night and social media started blowing up with updates from the event.

NBA YouTuber Mike Korzemba tweeted out a short video that showed the starting lineups for every NBA team, player rankings included.

The Blazers starting lineup on NBA 2k19 is Lillard, McCollum, Turner, Aminu, and Nurkic. Lillard leads the way coming in as a 90 overall, making him the fourth highest rated point guard in the game.

His backcourt running mate CJ McCollum is rated 87 overall, making him the fifth best shooting guard in the game. According to the 2K ratings the Blazers have the third best backcourt in the game. Only Golden State (Curry-95, Thompson-89) and Houston (Paul-90, Harden-96) rank better.

Another interesting nugget is the 79 overall rating of Jusuf Nurkic. Nurkic is the 17th best center in the game according to the rankings and has the same overall rating as Brook Lopez, DeAndre Ayton, Pau Gasol, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Enes Kanter.

The starting lineups weren’t the only news to come out of the release party. We also got a screenshot of the All-Time Blazers Team, and this year's edition will feature Brandon Roy! Due to licensing issues, Roy has not been featured in a 2k game since he retired from the league. He now makes his return, joining Lillard, Clyde Drexler, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Bill Walton in the Blazers All-Time starting five.

 

 

NBA 2k19 comes out on September 11, but you can get the game on September 7 if you pre-order it.

Blazer5 Gaming kicks off inaugural season

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Blazer5 Gaming kicks off inaugural season

It's time, gaming fans-- It's the debut of the Blazer5 Gaming squad!

It's day three of the inaugural NBA 2k League Tipoff Tournament, and that means it's Group C's time to take the stage. Blazer5 Gaming will play three times on Thursday, Group D will play Thursday as well.  The Top 8 teams will battle it out for a chance at $100k. 

The Blazer5 Gaming schedule for Thursday is as follows:

Game 1 - vs. 76ers GC, 1:00 PM

Game 2 - vs. Magic Gaming, 3:00 PM

Game 3 - vs. Raptors Uprising GC, 4:00 PM

All three games can be streamed live here, or at Twitch.tv/nba2kleague

***UPDATE: Blazer5 Gaming goes 3-0 on Thursday and now heads into the weekend play for a chance at $100,000.

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