Matisse Thybulle is known for his defense in real life. In NBA2K, that is definitely not the case.
With the NBA season suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, Thybulle and the Suns’ Mikal Bridges played each other in 2K on Friday night and streamed the action on Twitch.
Though Thybulle gave Bridges a little bit of a scare with a big third quarter, the virtual Suns beat the virtual Sixers, 75-64.
While the intensity obviously didn’t compare to a typical game night at Wells Fargo Center, both Thybulle and Bridges — a Villanova product and a Sixer for about 20 minutes before a draft-night trade two years ago — were very into it.
Thyulle decided to sub himself into the game after just 28 seconds, and Bridges did the same 30 seconds later.
“Which one’s shoot again?,” he asked. “Square?”
As his team fell behind, Thybulle had some stern words for his players.
“Al, you’re better than that,” he said when Al Horford bit on a pump fake. “You’ve been in the league too long to be making those mistakes.”
When Ben Simmons had a floater blocked, Thybulle wasn’t thrilled.
“Ben, you’re 7-foot,” he said. “Just dunk it.”
And a Mike Scott lay-up early in the third wasn’t what Thybulle was hoping to see.
"Why wouldn't you dunk that Michael?!?!" pic.twitter.com/VpVnhgjfw4— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 27, 2020
At one point, he tried begging for mercy from Bridges.
“Stop running pick-and-roll, I don’t know how to guard it,” he said. “Please. Come on, man.”
Unfortunately for Thybulle, Bridges did not stop and the rookie left with a loss, albeit an entertaining one.
“I apologize to the Sixers, to my family, my friends, the people of Philadelphia,” he said. “This is not acceptable.”
After personally finishing with no points on 0 for 3 shooting, Thybulle promised he'll be practicing.
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