Mavs Global Gaming (MGG) parlayed a great regular season into a No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
Unfortunately, that didn’t do them much good in the first round on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks’ NBA2K League team lost a tough first game to the Boston Celtics’ gamers 63-55, then couldn’t recover, getting swept 2-0 in the best-of-three first-round series in the playoffs. The Celtics won Game 2 68-53.
This was MGG’s first foray into the playoffs after they went 12-4 during the regular season, their second in the league. They had some spectacular play by Artreyo Boyd (Dimez) and Peter Malin (PeteBeBallin), but in the end, they were upset by the seventh-seeded Celtics.
Celtics Crossover will move on to play Golden State in the semifinals. Warriors Gaming pulled off an even bigger upset than the Celtics as the No. 8-seeded Warriors beat top-seeded Blazers Gaming, who went 14-2 in the regular season to earn the No. 1 seed.
The night was not a total loss for PeteBeBallin, the rookie center who was unanimously selected to the 2019 NBA 2K League All-Rookie Team.
The Mavericks had a terrific regular season and a large part of the team’s success during the regular season was due to the play of PeteBeBallin, who averaged a double-double for the season with 14.3 points and 11.2 rebounds, as well as 2.3 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks. He also finished the season ranked No. 9 in both rebounds and blocks.
PeteBeBallin remains one of the favorites for NBA2K rookie of the year, which would be a wonderful follow-up to the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic winning rookie of the year in the NBA.
PeteBeBallin was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and quickly established a strong interior presence on the court. He was twice named player of the game and earned two nominations for NBA2K League Intel Player of the Week award and one nomination for Player of the Month.
Of the 21 teams in the league, the Mavericks were one of eight to qualify for the postseason.