As many of you may know, I am going to run a tournament featuring the Top teams of the 2000s. For a quest to who was the best. 64 of the top are presented in this March Madness Style Tournament. Here is the main thread:
IMO could be the toughest region. It is the only region to have 3 champions inside the region. And then some other solid teams like the 04 Pacers, the 00 Blazers (who almost beat the 00 Lakers in real-life), and the 07 Suns
Preview: The 2000 Lakers finished with a 67-15 record, the best seen in the entire decade. Definitely making them worthy of a #1 seed in this tournament. The playoffs weren't as easy, but they made it through eventually winning the championship. O'Neal was at his peak and maybe the best player in this entire tournament. Kobe was an all-star but not quite in his prime yet. Nonetheless, they had Rice who was probably the best role-player they had in their 1st 3-peat and could make up for Kobe not being at in his prime yet.
The 2006 Grizzlies finished with a 49-33 record and were led by All-Star PF Pau Gasol and a whole bunch of good role players. Some key names include: Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Eddie Jones, and Chucky Atkins. Overall they 6-7 players average in double-figures. They did not however have much success in the playoffs keeping them down to only a #16 seed.
The Grizzlies will have a tough time containing O'Neal in this series, you can expect him to do his thing. However, the Grizzlies do have great perimeter defense with Battier and Eddie Jones. Battier will be guarding Kobe all series limiting him. They may not stop O'Neal, but if they can limit everyone else they have a shot at an upset.
Player of the Game: P.Gasol 18points/10reb/7ast/2blk
Recap: The Grizzlies come out and stun the Lakers Game 1. They outscored them 56-40 in the 2nd half to win this game. Pau Gasol led the way with a double-double dishing out 10 assists, while 5 other players were also in the double-figures. They also turned it over only 8 times. Shaq led the Lakers with 33 points and 13 rebounds while Kobe added 18/9/8 but it was not enough.
Player of the Game: S.O'Neal 33points/13reb/4ast on 15/22 shooting
Recap: The Lakers bounced back in a big way to take Game 2 from the Grizzlies. O'Neal was dominant once again while Kobe added 19 points for them in 30 minutes due to foul trouble. The key difference was their defense, holding the Grizzlies to less than 40% shooting and forcing 20 TOs. Gasol struggled shooting just 5/13 and is now just 12/40 overall in the series.
Player of the Game: S.O'Neal 34points/17reb on 14/25 FG
Recap: In a tough fought defensive game the Lakers came out victorious to take a 4-2 lead in the series. O'Neal had 30+ points again as he led the way when everyone else was struggling. Bryant had 11points/8ast while Rice added 15. Pau Gasol had his best game of the series scoring 26 with 8reb/6ast but the rest of his team struggled as the Lakers take a 2-1 lead.
Player of the Game: P.Gasol 19points/12reb/7ast on 7/14 FG
Recap: The Lakers came out soft and the Grizzlies came out hard. The outcome was the result of this. Pau Gasol had another good all-around game as the Grizzlies played terrific defense holding the Lakers to just 77 points. Shaq had 29/14 but Kobe just 9 points on 4/13 shooting. He has failed to reach the 20 point mark all series thanks to Shane Battier and the Memphis tough defense.
Player of the Game: S.O'Neal 22points/15reb/9ast/4blk on 9/15 FG
Recap: The Lakers won a tough fought Game 5. O'Neal led the way again, he was double-teamed more this game but found open players and had 9 assists overall while making a more impact on defense. Glen Rice stepped up leading all scorers with 24 while Bryant added 17 on 8/19 continuing his medicore series. Gasol just missed a triple-double with 19/10/9.
Recap: Kobe Bryant finally stepped up and had a big game and that is all the Lakers needed to close out the series. Bryant had his series best 32 points while continuing his all-around display. Shaq added 23/13. Pau Gasol struggled with 14 points and 9reb on 7/18 shooting as the series comes to an end.
Not even on WIF
Your talk of "variation" was the main reason I changed it from 3 to 7 lol
Not sure what you mean, but I wasn't the only one. I was just agreeing with the one or two posters who said something before me along those same lines. I've really only messed around with simming all-time great teams against other all-time great teams, and teams like the '96 Bulls, '86 Celtics, and '87 Lakers generally won the most. So maybe more upsets than I expect shouldn't surprise me.