The NBA regular season is over, and the Play-In Tournament kicks off the postseason. This mode is available in NBA 2K22, and TGH breaks it down for you ahead of the games on Wednesday night.
Overview of the NBA Play-In Tournament
The Action-In Tournament kicks off the postseason play by allowing four teams to compete for the last playoff in the Eastern and Western Conferences. Though clubs that make it through the early stages of the postseason give their fans optimism for a second chance at a championship, winning Play-In Tournament games earns them a matchup against the conference’s first and second seeds. The teams fight for the seventh and eighth seeds in the main NBA Playoff Bracket from seventh through tenth place.
NBA 2K22 inclusion
The Play-In Tournament mode is available in NBA 2K22 through the “MyCareer” and “MyNBA” game modes. Players can compete for a berth in the Eastern/Western Conference tournaments, which are playable just like the on-court competition. The challenge of making the NBA Playoffs is present in NBA 2K’s version of the Play-In Tournament, with the 1st and 2nd seeds and the game’s top-rated players/teams waiting in the wings. Considering season exhaustion and injury risks, the chances of winning a championship after surviving the Play-In Tournament in NBA 2K22 are slim.
Results of the Early Play-In Tournament
The Brooklyn Nets hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2022 NBA Play-In Tournament, which the Nets won 115-108. The Brooklyn Nets have won the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. They will face the Boston Celtics in the first round, led by Kevin Durant (96 overall rating, 25 points/11 assists/5 rebounds) and Kyrie Irving (92 overall ratings, 34 points/12 assists/3 rebounds) (86 overall). Wednesday night’s game-winner between the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets will face Darius Garland (88 overall) and the Cavaliers.
The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 109-104 in other NBA Play-In Tournament action. Anthony Edwards (83 overall ratings) and D’Angelo Russell (81 overall ratings) each scored 30 and 29 points, respectively, to hold off Paul George’s 31-point outburst (88 overall ratings). They will face Ja Morant (93 overall ratings) and the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, who have clinched the 7th seed. Karl-Anthony Towns (89 overall ratings) is expected to rebound against the Grizzlies after a poor performance against the Clippers (3-11 field goals/0-2 three-pointers/4 turnovers).
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The NBA Play-In Tournament will continue for the next three days, with the NBA Playoffs’ first round set to begin on Saturday. NBA 2K delivers the ideal simulated opportunity to take to the floor for fans who desire a taste of their own Play-In Tournament.