Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NBA 2K16-10: Eastern Conference Finals, Roanoke Railguns v Chicago Bulls

To begin the Eastern Conference Finals, Chicago was a 92 overall; the Roanoke Railguns were 77. Perhaps the team got some rest after their sweep. There is not much talk of repeating such a feat in this round.

Game 1, at RoanokeRoanoke wins, 93-54So... the Bulls seemed dangerous on paper. And not only because they have one of
our doppelgangers, Panthro Wang. But the team was fired up to start well. Alexandr Vikayanov was most ablaze, with 20 points, 3 reb 3 assists. Our Panthro was not far behind, as usual. He had been upset since the Joe Johnson trade, which knocked him out of the lineup. But the anger had translated into strong play on the court.

Game 2, at Roanoke.  Roanoke wins, 82-64. Joe Dumars's return signaled better things than anticipated. Another time for clobbering... even though the Bulls defense was supposedly set at 99 for today's game. Might be a sweep after all, was the thought in the locker room. But no one wanted to speak too soon...

Game 3, at Chicago.  Roanoke wins, 86-57. The Railguns broke out to an 18-4 lead. Big mistake--the boys got lax, and soon the score was 20-15. Sloppy passes. But they were reminded of the mission at halftime. Dumars had 13 and 7, steady as usual. Stevens
put in 19 including four threes. Derrick Rose had us shook with some of his dribble stutter-steps but he got stuffed a few times and finished with 8 points...

Game 4, at Chicago. Roanoke clinches, 80-56. Oklahoma City was up 3-0 in the Western Finals, against the West's #8 seed New Orleans. Plan was to dead this series in a sweep so we could practice and rest... The Bulls were tough early. But Stevens had 18 at the half on 8-10 shooting and the Railguns were up 49-26. We had more in the first quarter (28) than Chicago's first half... Not much to see. Motivation and execution and another sweet win.

The Thunder swept the Pelicans over there. So on to the Finals. Our team had just about mastered the shooting stroke (except for the Rodmans and Hansbroughs of the world). Coach aims to keep the team in season for the last series of the season.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Siomai and Friends Fries by Chris DeBrie: travel

It is a rare thing when a memoir allows you to not only be a spectator to someone’s life but actually feel as if you are walking through their experiences with them. 
--Amazon review

Monday, May 30, 2016

NBA 2K16-9: Round 2, Roanoke Railguns v Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta was not as good as the Miami Heat, who we had just dispatched 4 games to 1. The Roanoke Railguns coach anticipated a
sweep. Never mind that the Hawks were rated at 81 to the Guns' 73. They were worse than the Heat on paper and on the court.

Joe Dumars had a bad hammy that is day to day. The lineups were very different than at the start of the season. That's attrition for you. But the rest of the team was prepared and relaxed.

Game 1, in Roanoke: Roanoke wins, 87-56. At some point, the Hawks got a doppelganger of our Willie Wolfe. On our team, Wolfe is a lead-footed bench warmer. On Atlanta he was a starter.

Enough said. Mack Long, our Shawn Kemp-like backup center, was a 70 rating but if he ever got to 90 or so, he could be lethal. He went 24 pts, 6 reb, 5 steals, a block and an assist. That was off the bench... 

Game 2, in Roanoke: Roanoke wins, 82-58. John Derry Stevens poured in 28 [13-19 shooting], 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals. Nevalove nearly fouled out before getting 17 acrobatic points. The Warriors lead 2-0 over OKC; same for Memphis over New Orleans and Chicago over Cleveland....

Game 3, in Atlanta: Roanoke wins, 65-49. Ugggly! Stevens was the player of the game and he shot 5 for 20. 11 points, 5 steals, 4 boards, 2 assists. Nothing to see here. Clear the area.

Game 4, in Atlanta: Roanoke clinches, 68-61. Good news arrived after that crime scene victory we got in Game 3--Joe Dumars was healed up from his hamstring injury and we had our starting PG back. Swole Whitehead might not have been happy, and he played pretty well in relief. But Dumars was simply better; the game would have been closer without him, because Alanta took it up a notch and were tough... he scored 18 points. Stevens had an 18 point, 6 board game.

The Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated Golden State, 4 games to 3, on the other side of the bracket. A one-point victory in Game 7 at GSW, with Russell Westbrook missing because of injury. So much for beating the Warriors in the Finals... OKC would face the 8 seed New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Finals. Next up for the Roanoke Railguns: #2 seed Chicago Bulls.

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."


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...