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Tournament action starts for Grizz Gaming tonight

Let the fun begin!

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Grizz Gaming starts tournament play as they will play in the “Tip-Off” beginning tonight at 7:00 on ESPN2.

Grizz Gaming has had one of the more underrated regular seasons in the NBA 2K League. After starting the season at 0-4, Grizz Gaming put together quite the winning streak - finishing the regular season at 4-4 and getting hot at the right time.

Now, Memphis moves on to phase two of the 2K league season, which means it’s tournament time. It will be the first of three in-season tournaments. Grizz Gaming will be in group three out of seven groups on Tuesday night. In group three are Warriors Gaming (6-1), Pacers Gaming (4-4), and then the Grizz (4-4).

What is the ‘Tip-Off’ Tournament?

Being that this will be my first time covering such a significant tournament in the NBA 2K League, I researched what the Tip-Off tournament was, and how it would impact Grizz Gaming. “The AT&T TIPOFF tournament features two days of pool play on June 16-17 to determine the eight teams that advance to the playoffs on June 18-19.”

The AT&T TIPOFF Tournament will feature all 23 2K League teams, and similar rules to what we saw in the regular season. A best of three format for each game will be the format (in the playoff rounds), and each team will play those teams in their group twice in pool play. The top seven teams along with a wildcard team, with the best record will advance to the playoffs of the tournament. So, Grizz Gaming will need to be in the top seven out of 23 teams to make it to the playoffs on Wednesday and Thursday night.

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Grizz Gaming Will Compete All Night:

The Tip-Off tournament is very exciting for so many reasons if you’ve been following Grizz Gaming. You can look at how hot this team is, and cheer for them to be in those top seven or eight teams. Playing four games tonight starting at 7:00 against the 6-1 Warriors will be an exciting for sure. Grizz Gaming will then play again at 9:00 P.M. CT against Pacers Gaming (4-4).

If Memphis is fortunate to come out of group play with one loss, that should solidify a spot in the top seven, as they are in arguably the best group in the NBA 2K League, so it won’t be easy.

Key Matchups:

Warriors Gaming vs. Grizz Gaming:

CB13 vs. Vandi/AuthenticAfrican

The Grizz have a very intriguing first matchup tonight against one of the best teams in the NBA2K League. It is a date with the Warriors Gaming Squad, and CB13 who is averaging 33.1 PPG along with 7.2 assists a game this season.

It will need to be the Authentic show for Memphis on the defensive end of the floor as Authentic is averaging nearly three steals a game. Vandi will have to continue his solid offensive production to match CB13 of Warriors Gaming.

Grizz Gaming vs. Pacers Gaming:

GOOFY757 vs. Jomar

The matchup of the big men will play a huge roll in Grizz Gaming’s game two tonight. As the Pacers really don’t have guys that really get off in the scoring department, Memphis can’t allow the Pacers to get second chance points. Limiting Jomar on the boards will be key for Goofy, who will have a bigger role in game two, keeping Jomar distracted on the defensive end.

Where can I watch Grizz Gaming tonight?

  • ESPN2, ESPN Digital apps, Twitch, Youtube
  • Matchups: Warriors Gaming, Pacers Gaming
  • Time: 7:00 P.M. CT, 9:00 P.M. CT

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