2015 NBA Playoffs – First Round Results (The NBA 2k15 Simulation)
Disclaimer: This is just a video game simulation. The results in this blog entry do NOT reflect the real life results of the current 2015 NBA Playoffs. These results reflect the outcomes of said match ups had it been done in simulation via NBA 2K15
Atlanta Hawks (1) vs Brooklyn Nets (8)
For the first time in the current era, the Hawks have the TOP spot of the East and that’s what they needed to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs since the 2011 Playoffs. With Jeff Teague getting injured for the rest of the playoffs in the opening moments of game 1, someone else stepped up for Atlanta: Kyle Korver. Korver torched Brooklyn with his hot hand from the 3-point line. He led Atlanta with 19.3 PPG in the series and the Hawks go this with 4-2.
Toronto Raptors (4) vs Washington Wizards (5)
This was supposed to be a close series with Derozan and Wall competing against each other, but the Raports were on the wrong side of this match up. Derozan went down in game 3 with a broken wrist and it was Washington’s series to win. The Wizards trounced yet another 4th seed team in 2 years, getting the series win over Toronto 4-1.
Chicago Bulls (3) vs Milwaukee Bucks (6)
Derrick Rose (21.2 PPG, 8.9 APG) made his triumphant return to the playoffs after missing the last 2 playoffs for Chicago. He led the Bulls to a sweep against the Bucks. Milwaukee didn’t have any chance to this series, especially after they lost the ‘Greek Freak’ to a torn MCL during game 3. With the return of Derrick Rose, will Chicago be good enough to get an upset win in the next round against Cleveland?
Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs Boston Celtics (7)
LeBron James (24.2 PPG) and company were on cruise control in this series and got the 4-1 series win. It wasn’t a close series but that lone win by Boston did surprise the Cavs, if only once. But there’s no mistaking that the Cavs had this series in the bag after decimating Boston in the first 3 games and then finishing them off in Game 5.
Golden State Warriors (1) vs New Orleans Pelicans (8)
This was by far one of the biggest upsets this year as Anthony Davis (16 PPG, 12.5 RPG) and the Pelicans got the win over the Warriors. In a series that was supposed to be for Golden State, New Olreans pulled of a game 1 upset. While Golden State rebounded in the next two games, it was the Pelicans that made a 3-0 run from games 4 to 6. Eric Gordon was one of the contributing factors of New Orleans advancing when he had a 31 point performance in game 5 to give the Pelicans a 3-2 lead..before the Pelicans beat the Warriors in game 6.
Portland Trailblazers (4) vs Memphis Grizzlies (5)
The Grizzlies and the Blazers had one close series in the first 4 games. Both teams took away their opponents home court advantage with Memphis winning game one and Portland winning game 3. It came to two close games wherein Memphis closed out the series 4-2. Mike Conley led Memphis throughout this series with 18.5 PPG.
Los Angeles Clippers (3) vs San Antonio Spurs (6)
Speaking of upsets (in away), the Clippers took out the defending champions in a grueling seven game series. Blake Griffin dominated throughout the series (23.1 PPG, 10 RPG) for the Clippers while Paul was leading with assists (11.2 APG). Duncan was San Antonio’s steady player with 22 PPG and 11.9 RPG. It was neck to neck but the upset win in game seven sealed any hopes for San Antonio to have a repeat Finals appearance.
Houston Rockets (2) vs Dallas Mavericks (7)
The feud between these two Texas teams happened in the playoffs, but it was albeit one sided. James Harden was scorching hot throughout the series (27 PPG~!) and dominated the Mavericks on the offensive side. Dallas only managed to get a win on Game 2, but that was the only win they got before the Rockets got the better of them.