Monday, April 11, 2016

NBA 2K16-8: Roanoke Railguns, Home Stretch & Round 1 v Miami Heat

SIM TIME: the CPU gave the Roanoke Railguns (49-7) wins over Indiana and Atlanta.
Then it was a hosting of the Phoenix Suns. Simulation gave us a win earlier, so they deserved a human-controlled whuppin this time around... Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler weren't looking too scary after the tight OT with Cleveland. final, 75-47. John Derry Stevens was given the nod but only made 7 of his 25 shots. 


Roanoke was 55-7. New Orleans was in town. Our team chemistry was 0%, along with an 18-game winning streak...


The Roanoke Railguns [arg] was injured and/or exhausted from the long season, top to bottom. Everyone's ratings had -10 or -6 next to them. None of the other teams (computer controlled) looked like that.

Because of the lowered ratings, the team wasn't as good. The Pelicans and Railguns exchanged leads most of the first half, until Roa put up a flurry... which was quickly erased by New Orleans. All of the usual tactics weren't working. Every swipe at the ball just made us foul instead of steal. Maybe CPU was making it realistic because of all our thirty-point victories. There was a mandate from the league offices to referees...

With one minute to go, the Pelicans were up 69-63. There were no ways to come back. And the Pelicans weren't beating us. "Not this year."

 **RESET**





Roanoke was 55-7. New Orleans was in town. Our team chemistry was 0%, along with an 18-game winning streak...


The Roanoke Railguns [arg] was injured and/or exhausted from the long season, top to bottom. Everyone's ratings had -10 or -6 next to them. None of the other teams (computer controlled) looked like that.

The second try looked a lot like the first. Apparently the team fatigue was for real. Had to double tap the steal and block buttons to get through this one. final 77-59.


We decided, spur of the moment, to simulate the remainder of the regular season. 

the starting line-up on the final day of the regular season.



final record 69-13.

#1 in the East.

Could have set the single season wins record if we had played every game by hand. Maybe another time... this
Quinn Nevalove
time we just want to get through the playoffs and see the offseason. Curiosity. 


The Miami Heat was the first round opponent....

Game 1, at Roanoke: Roanoke wins, 62-55. Miami made it close at the end. Stevens scored 21 and new starter Swole Whitehead had 8 assists. Somewhere in that last two weeks of simulation, the Railguns lost Joe Dumars to a hamstring injury. Out of action 1-2 weeks. 

Game 2, at Roanoke: Roanoke wins, 67-56. On paper, the Heat are a much better team. 89 rtg to ARG's 72.
But that doesn't account for getting their hands and arms HACKED for the entire game by whichever Railgun happened to be nearby... Stevens shot about 4 for 20. He tried too hard at times the entire season. He thought because he was the owner's son, he needed to carry the water. But Quinn Nevalove, our Chris Bosh-esque forward, had 15 pts, 8 reb, 6 steals. 'Nuff said.

Game 3, at Miami: Roanoke wins, 77-50. Not the best start as Stevens got a three blocked by Deng. Things have definitely changed ever since the Havlicek trade. We knew Joe Johnson was not a good return but were hoping for some good draft picks in the off season. Too soon to tell on that one. We were going to win the title, but the
Brooklyn Nets weren't any good and we had their pick from the trade as well.

Our starting lineup was much weaker than at the start of the year, and every player was injured and/or exhausted. Pretty realistic... 

Scoring and shooting accuracy were way down in the tournament for us. Coach thought the players were rushing, trying too hard to recapture regular season success. Slowing things down actually helped. Center Mack Long went strong as he is prone to do. Not bad for 69 rated player--16 first half points.

Game 4, at Miami. Miami wins, 62-55. Every other series in the tourney was at 3-1. Could have taken that as
an omen, but we weren't superstitious, said Coach. But the CPU wouldn't relent. Every Miami player had stickum on their dribbling hand, couldn't get it away from them. "They are in serious troubled back in Roanoke," Coach said, angry at postgame.

Game 5, at Roanoke. Roanoke clinches, 63-52. Stevens started off with a 15-point first quarter, outscoring all of Miami. He was unhappy with his Game Four. Made up
for it this time, with 13 of 21 shooting and 31 points with some assists and steals... Nevalove went 13, 8, and 7... 

Next round, v Atlanta...