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Wizards fall to Giannis Antetokounmpo's Bucks in first NBA 2K simulation

Wizards fall to Giannis Antetokounmpo's Bucks in first NBA 2K simulation

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. 

Defensive battle

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. 

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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Report: Hall of Fame enshrinement for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan delayed until 2021

Report: Hall of Fame enshrinement for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan delayed until 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN that the enshrinement ceremony for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and five others will be delayed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ceremony was to have taken place in Springfield on Aug. 29. Colangelo told ESPN that the event will be moved until the spring of 2021.

Colangelo did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press. There was no immediate announcement from the Hall of Fame about the rescheduling plan.

"We're definitely canceling," Colangelo told ESPN. "It's going to have to be the first quarter of next year. We'll meet in a couple of weeks and look at the options of how and when and where."

Bryant, Garnett and Duncan all got into the Hall in their first year as finalists, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. The other members of the Class of 2020 were two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, longtime Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton -- who died this past weekend.

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Report: NBA considering play-in possibilities for fringe playoff teams, progressing on plan to allow families

Report: NBA considering play-in possibilities for fringe playoff teams, progressing on plan to allow families

An outline of what the NBA and the NBPA have been discussing in relation to crowning a 2019-20 champion was released in a report by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

The report was quite expansive and extremely detailed, but there were two main takeaways: Some players want family with them when play resumes, and a plan to return 20-24 teams with play-in possibilities is being considered. Below is a breakdown of what's being discussed.

Disney: A place for family

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., has emerged as the leading site for an NBA return. The proposed plan is to construct a "bubble environment" for which teams are able to safely complete practices and games, all while coming in minimal contact with the outside world. 

A number of players have expressed their desire to have family members accompany them in the bubble during this time, according to Shelburne and Wojnarowski's report, "especially those on contending teams who anticipate lengthy stays in the playoffs."

The NBA and NBPA are progressing on a plan that would allow a limited number of family members.

"Family members would be subjected to the same safety and coronavirus testing protocols as everyone else living in the NBA's biosphere," the report states.

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Playoffs Plus

While the idea of bringing back all 30 NBA teams to resume the season is still on the table, it's unlikely the NBA decides lands on that decision. The league is mulling over a "playoffs plus" option that would include 20-24 teams, with more teams from the Western Conference than the Eastern Conference. This option automatically includes teams occupying the Nos. 1 through 8 seeds in their respective conferences, as could include play-in possibilities for fringe teams vying for the postseason like New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio and Sacramento.

This might be the most interesting segment of news, as it's been a mystery which teams would be included in a potential restart. The level of competition in the Western Conference compared to the Eastern Conference has the NBA/NBPA seriously considering bringing back more teams from one conference than the other. Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard recently spoke with Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes and expressed issues with some of the rumors surrounding the NBA's method of returning to play. 

"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm not going to be participating," Lillard said.

Lack of equity between conferences seems to be an issue though, as the Wizards are 5.5 games back of the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic, but weren't named in any play-in situations even though they occupy the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Quick Hitters

  • Regardless of travel restrictions administered in various countries, players overseas will be granted clearance to re-enter the United States.
  • It is expected that teams would start to arrive in Orlando in mid-July, but those timetables are still being discussed.
  • The league currently has no expectation that a decision on a finalized plan will come from commissioner Adam Silver's call Friday with the NBA's board of governors.

 

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