A primary ingredient of a championship team is balance. And with stout defense and an offensive explosion from its MVP candidate, HEAT Check Gaming took one step closer to what it hopes is a championship as it defeated Pistons GT 85-67 in the first round of the inaugural NBA 2K League playoffs.
“I was nervous going into this game,” said HCG GM/Coach Famous Enough. “But I knew (HCG players) weren’t nervous.
“They’ve been locked in for a minute. This is the matchup we wanted. We’ve been preparing for (Pistons GT) so we were locked in.”
HCG came out of the gates on fire as Hotshot carried the club to a 20-12 first quarter lead as he scored all 20 points on 10-for-11 shooting. At one point in the third quarter, he had made 25 field goals for the game, matching Pistons GT output as a team.
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“It’s amazing,” said Hotshot, who ended the night with 54 points. “Nobody on that team could guard me.”
As Hotshot dominated the offensive end, MaJes7ic anchored the HCG defense as he played center and rendered Pistons GT star Let’s Get It Ramo quiet throughout the game. Ramo scored 27 points while the rest of his team managed a combined 40 points.
“We had a lot of practice this week,” said MaJes7ic, who has primarily played point guard throughout the regular season. “Sharpshooterlos stepped up big for us. He proved that he could play point guard and lock up so it gave me the opportunity to play center. Playing my defense with Hotshot down low, it was easy.”
Things won’t get easier for HCG as they match up with 76ers Gaming in a best-of-3 semifinal series Saturday at 11 a.m. But the team remains confident that a championship is within reach.
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— HEAT Check Gaming (@HeatCheckGaming) August 18, 2018
“Any team that was placed in front of us, I feel as though we were going to run through them in the playoffs because we’re locked in right now,” said Famous Enough. “It’s all about us right now. Nobody can stop us right now. We can only stop ourselves.”
Catch the semifinal action Saturday morning at 11:00 AM ET on twitch.tv/HEATCheckGaming.