By Max Minsker
7 Teams, 1 spot.
T-Wolves Gaming heads to New York City for week 13 action sitting at 5-6 and 15thplace in the NBA 2K League standings. Just one game separates the T-Wolves from Celtics Crossover Gaming (7thplace) as the 2K League standings continue to be congested in the middle. Warriors Gaming Squad (currently 10thin the standings) has already locked up one of the two available playoff spots after winning The Ticket tournament, leaving a cluster of teams hovering around the .500 mark vying for just one playoff berth.
The competition for the last playoff spot is going to be fierce. After a bye week last week, T-Wolves Gaming has regrouped and will return to the fray this evening with games against two playoff caliber opponents – Warriors Gaming Squad and King Guard Gaming.
The T-Wolves will have a chance for revenge in the first leg of their doubleheader against Warriors Gaming Squad. The T-Wolves led the Warriors by two points heading into the fourth quarter when these two teams met in the first round of The Ticket two weeks ago. However, a bad fourth quarter by the T-Wolves cost them the game as Gradient hit a full court shot at the buzzer to give the Warriors a six-point victory.
— Warriors Gaming (@WarriorsGaming) June 15, 2019
This time around, the T-Wolves will need things to go differently if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Warriors have now sustained three straight regular-season losses and have nothing on the line except pride having secured their playoff spot. The T-Wolves will throw everything they have at this team, and if they prevail, the team will be back to .500 for the first time since the first week of the regular season.
If all goes according to plan, the T-Wolves will have an opportunity to extend their regular season winning streak to four games in Wednesday’s nightcap against Kings Guard Gaming. Kings Guard all but locked up a playoff spot of their own last week with two huge wins, moving them to 9-4 on the season. Despite struggles in tournament play, Kings Guard has been consistently strong in the regular season. After some early turmoil, this team is rounding into form as a true contender in the 2K League.
Kings Guard first-round pick BP has averaged 17 points and eight assists per game while unleashing some of the 2K League’s most sophisticated dribble combos. T-Wolves Gaming shooting guard TURNUPDEFENSE will have his hands full trying to stop one of the best isolation scorers in the league. On the other side of the ball, T-Wolves Gaming will continue to rely on point guard BearDaBeast and small forward JMoneyRep817 for offensive firepower. These two have been lethal since being paired together midseason, and they will need to continue scoring effectively if the T-Wolves hope to move to 7-6 this week.
With two wins this week, the T-Wolves will be firmly embedded within the 2K League playoff conversation. With two losses, they could be out completely. Be sure to tune in to Twitch at 7 p.m. CT (Warriors Gaming Squad) and 9 p.m. CT (Kings Guard Gaming) as T-Wolves Gaming continues its climb toward the 2K League playoffs!