Wizards fans were supposed to see their team do battle with the Bucks Saturday night, but after the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus outbreak, we had to take a different route.
Instead, the Wizards and Bucks competed on the virtual court in NBC Sports Washington's first-ever broadcasted NBA 2K simulation.
The sim lasted an hour with eight-minute quarters, Chris Miller provided the commentary during stoppages and it was the first version of a live Wizards game since they beat the Knicks on March 10th.
Here's what we were able to gather from the Bucks' 80-61 win over Washington.
In two meetings between the Wizards and Bucks before the NBA shutdown, neither team had any luck getting defensive stops.
1/28/20: Bucks 151, Wizards 131
2/24/20: Bucks 137, Wizards 134
Granted this sim featured eight-minute quarters, but it was an all-out pitcher's duel from the opening tip. Neither team shot the ball well and each club was enjoying their own block party.
The first half was played close, but as the Wizards continued to struggle to hit shots, the Bucks took advantage and built a lead by scoring in transition.
Anyone who plays 2K regularly knows that the best way to win is to get out and run. The half-court setting is a hard place to score.
The game still runs through Beal
Let's get into the basketball.
The Wizards ran everything through Beal, who looked for his shot one or two dribbles off the pick and roll and utilized his patented step-back whenever he could.
Davis Bertans was his usual self from three and Rui Hachimura flashed the two-way versatility we saw throughout his rookie season.
On the Bucks side, Giannis Antetokounmpo attacked the paint every time he touched the ball, sometimes to his own detriment, and was surrounded by spot-up shooters.
Giannis is good
NBA 2K prides itself on real-life accuracy and it's safe to say they have Giannis Antetokounmpo figured out. He's an unstoppable force going to the paint in real life, and he posed the same problem to the 2K Wizards on Saturday night.
At one point in the fourth quarter, he unleashed a brutal poster dunk on Moe Wagner that would've been played on a loop for the next five years at least.
When you see virtual Giannis drive down the lane pic.twitter.com/50QpRatnt3— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 21, 2020
In the end, the Wizards put up a decent fight against the best team in the NBA, but similar to their previous matchups this season, Milwaukee all-around excellence was too much to overcome.
With more experience playing on live TV, the 2K Wizards can come out next time and play with more confidence on the offensive end.
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