2KL Spotlight Team Week 6: Atlanta Hawks
Week 6 Recap: A successful 3-0 week for the warriors. Intense would be the word to describe the game between the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards as they went to triple overtime. The Atlanta Hawks earned their 3rd victory of the season as they bested the wizards to put themselves in a tie for 3rd place in the north pole division.
Highlights of Week 6 Games:
Hawks at Warriors: Joe Johnson went for 30+ points but it was not enough to to secure a victory as the warriors dominated majority of the game winning in a blowout. Monta Ellis continued his MVP like play as he scored 22 points and Stephen Curry put up a double double going for 13 points and 11 assists.
Thunder at Clippers: It could have been the upset of the season, but all things for the Thunder were too good to be true. The thunder were in control of the most of the game until 4th quarter where they seem to struggle the most in closing out games. They were up by 8 with under 2 minutes left in the game but the clippers rallied an 11-2 run and took a one point lead with an uncontested jump shot by Mo Williams with 20 something seconds left on the game clock. It was 52-51 and Russell Westbrook was isolated at the top of the key and found Kevin Durant in the corner for a mid range jump shot but it clanked off the rim and robbing the thunder of their first win of the season.
Jazz at Wizards: Possibly the game of the year this season in 2KL. Fast forward to the 4th quarter where the Wizards found themselves down by 3 after Raja Bell just hit a 3 pointer on the opposite end to what it look like the game winner for the jazz. However, that was not the case as John Wall isolated himself at the top of the key but found no room to break down Devin Harris so he passed it the surprise of the season in Mo Evans who stepped back behind the 3 point line and nailed it to send the game into it’s first over time. No scoring was being done in the first overtime as both teams could not generate any offense so it went to a second over time. In the 2nd OT, both teams were trading baskets but no one could pull away so went to a third overtime. In the 3rd OT, the Utah Jazz wanted it more as the amazing play behind Devin Harris and Raja bell who both put up 30 points were too much for the hopeful wizards. The jazz won the game by 4 as the wizards elected to not foul within the last seconds of the 3rd OT to extend the game, a questionable call.
Suns at Knicks: After an embarrassing showing by the knicks in their first match up of the season, they were looking for a win and to the tie the season series at 1 game a piece. But from the early get go, the knicks could not generate any offense in the first half as the suns were dominating the game. However, the knicks did not give up and found themselves within 3 points of the lead in the final seconds of the game after a Carmelo Anthony dunk. Ronny Turiaf tipped the ball on the inbound for the suns and the ball fell to Chauncey Billups who did not shoot the wide open 3 but instead passed it to Carmelo Anthony for a contested 3 pointer at the top the of the key that hit the back iron of the rim and resulted in a 3 point loss for knicks.
Clippers at Warriors: In their previous meeting the warriors lost by 2 at staples center to clippers so they were looking to even the series at 1 game a piece. One team would be the first team in league to hit double digit wins on the season. After 3 quarters, it was a close game with the warriors holding the lead majority of game. In the 4th quarter, the warriors offense behind Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry was unstoppable and the clippers offense was non existent. The warriors ran away with the game and holding the clippers to only 4 points in the 4th quarter. They tied the season series at 1 game a piece and was the first team to double digit wins on the season.
Warriors at Thunder: Kevin Durant got hurt in the 2nd quarter and doomed the thunder as the warriors would eventually blow them out by double digits. The thunder fall to 0-2 for the night and 0-12 on the season still looking for their first win of the season. The warriors closed the night at 3-0 and with 3 blow out victories.
Week 7 Preview:
Suns and Jazz: Both teams have 3 game weeks as it looks to be a long night for the 2KL League. The jazz host the wizards which could possibly be another thriller for the ages.
Thunder: They need a victory now but who will it be against? Face off against the Suns and Knicks.
Week 7 of 2KL: July 6th, 2011