With the NBA on hiatus, we looked at how the Toronto Raptors season could potentially finish. The catch is, it is all simulated on NBA 2K20.
If you miss Toronto Raptors basketball, raise your hand in a timely fashion. That makes sense, in my head, every single hand in the world is up right now. Of course, basketball is currently on a hiatus due to the outbreak of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean that all basketball is gone.
One of the favourite past times of many fans and players alike is playing the NBA 2K games. Fans get to play as their favourite players, create story arcs, and recreate their favourite moments in basketball history, all from the comfort of their own home.
For the players, it’s a chance to do the same but as themselves. It’s a fun past time for sure, and right now it could be a saving grace for many people. In real life, the Toronto Raptors were 46-18 before the hiatus. That was good for second in the Eastern Conference and third in the entire NBA. Incredibly, they had already secured their place in the upcoming playoffs and were raring to defend their crown.
But, there was still a large portion of the regular season to go. So, we took it upon ourselves to boot up 2K, start the league from the furthest available point along and simulated the rest of the regular season and the playoffs all in the name of science. We wanted to see just how good the Toronto Raptors really were (according to a video game).
At no point would we intervene with the results. The AI had full control over the lineup, rotations, and gameplay. Everything was left to chance and the results were interesting.
So, the Toronto Raptors have just defeated the Utah Jazz 102-91 and were on their way back from a five-game road trip to take on the Detroit Pistons. What happened next?