The evening included two of the most competitive games in the tournament to date, as well as the biggest breakout of eight games in the first round. Phoenix Suns goalkeeper Devin Booker beat Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. 85-75, and Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura defeated Donovan Mitchell 74-71 of the All-Star Utah Jazz in a fierce match.
In two one-sided games, center of Cleveland Cavaliers Andre Drummond dominated former Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins 101-49, while center of LA Clippers Montrezl Harrell beat center of Indiana Pacers Domantas Sabonis 73 -51. Harrell and Sabonis were the first in the tournament to use their real teams in the game, Sabonis shooting himself in the game and shooting him at the start of the first quarter.
The second night, a handful of NBA players are rated players outside of NBA 2K. Since the NBA suspended its season, Booker and Mitchell have both been actively broadcasting on Twitch, often playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, among other games.
Booker is a member of 100 Thieves, the popular esports team founded by former professional Call of Duty player Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag. Hachimura and Drummond are also known for their gaming skills, with Drummond placing second in an NBA player tournament for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile tournament in July, just behind Ben Simmons, star of the Philadelphia 76ers.
In the 2K players ‘tournament, the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks were the competitors’ favorite choices. Each has been chosen four times in the eight games. Booker said on Twitter that he did not choose his own team, the Suns, because his 2K counterpart was “messed up.”
Because @ NBA2K did my player mess up https://t.co/iHpVqugU6n
– Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 6, 2020
The event’s quarterfinals will begin with Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. versus Harrell. Jones thwarted Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant on Friday. The other quarterfinals will include Booker against Hachimura; Atlanta Hawks goalkeeper Trae Young facing Suns center Deandre Ayton; and finally, Drummond facing goalkeeper Clippers Patrick Beverley.
The NBA 2K Players Tournament will continue at 7 p.m. Tuesday. AND on ESPN2 and will end on Saturday on ESPN. The tournament winner will receive a donation of $ 100,000 from the NBA, the National Basketball Players ‘Association and 2K to a charity of their choice with coronavirus relief.