The final matchup of the quarterfinals will comprise two guys capable of talking some garbage, but also who proved they have serious skills on 2K. Patrick Beverly destroyed and demoralized his first-round opponent Hassan Whiteside.
Sunday night brought us the rest of the first round of the NBA 2K Players Tournament outcomes. Matchups comprised Devin Booker vs. Michael Porter Jr., Rui Hachimura vs. Donovan Mitchell, and Andre Drummond vs. DeMarcus Cousins. While most games kept up the theme of one player dominating and lots of trash talk, viewers finally got to see a game go down to the final buzzer. Following is a look at which players moved on into the quarterfinals.
That made things fun to watch since they made comments about their teammates throughout the match. "This match is rigged," Sabonis stated when Myles Turner was too slow to chase a participant on a quick break. By the fourth quarter, Harrell had expanded to a 60-37 guide as Sabonis was unable to find any success with his shots. Harrell kept the lead up as Sabonis eventually dropped, 73-51.
The next matchup of the night was easily the championship's best so far. It had been No. 4 seed Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and No. 13 seed Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards. Hachimura went with the Los Angeles Lakers and Mitchell went together with the Brooklyn Nets. Obviously, Mitchell had both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to utilize almost, but that wouldn't be the case in real life for the Nets. The two players had a competitive first quarter, trading baskets, with Hachimura up 19-17 at the conclusion. In the second Mitchell joked about Joe Harris guarding LeBron with"I love you Joe Harris, but I don't think that is the matchup I need," before shifting that defensive assignment up.
"I'm gonna start doin hack-a-Bron if this is the case," Mitchell commented later on after LeBron missed at the line. Hachimura asked Mitchell how often he plays he admitted he plays in NBA 2K20 Park mode. He would pull ahead by a point in the next, but Rui came back.