Week 6 Preview
Pair of Top-Notch Foes Await CLTX in Week 6
By Taylor Snow
BOSTON – A daunting Week 6 lies ahead for the winless Celtics Crossover Gaming team, as it is set to take on two of the 2K League’s hottest teams in Hornets Venom GT and Raptors Uprising GC.
On Wednesday night, CLTX will get its first-ever look at the Hornets Venom expansion squad, which has compiled an impressive 4-2 record out of the gate of its inaugural campaign.
Venom’s successful start is likely attributed to the well-roundedness of its roster, which includes four players who are currently averaging between 15 and 20 points per game. Leading that pack of scorers is rookie guard Snubby, who is averaging 19.1 PPG. The main player to keep an eye on during this matchup, however, is the third-year center, Type, who was the first overall selection of the latest expansion draft and has put forth a jack-of-all-trades stat line of 15.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 3.3 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game.
The center position also happens to be the most intriguing storyline for CLTX at the moment. Last week, coach Ricco Phinisee adjusted his frontcourt by starting TooxCool at the 5 and sliding NO xAUTOGRAPHSx over to the 4.
TooxCool, who was designated as the team’s sixth man at the beginning of the season, seized the opportunity by putting up 13.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 3.0 steals over his last five individual games. Meanwhile, the adjustment allowed NO AUTO to expand his range last week, as he ventured out from the low post to beyond the arc, where he knocked down 13-of-24 over an eight-game stretch at power forward.
Such shooting efficiency will be needed from the entire team this week, especially during Friday night’s matchup against the undefeated Raptors Uprising GC.
Boasting a league-best 7-0 record, Raptors Uprising has outscored its opponents by a whopping 218 points, which is 50 points higher than the next-closest mark. That extraordinary point differential has a whole lot to do with the play of reigning Player of the Month, Kenny Got Work, who averaged 33.5 PPG and 6.5 APG while shooting 61.0 percent from the field during the month of May.
Fortunately, CLTX has a point guard who can match Kenny Got Work shot-for-shot. Despite his team being winless, oFAB has been setting the nets ablaze of late. Last week, he averaged 35.9 points and 6.9 assists over the course of eight contests, which included two 40-point efforts and one 50-point performance.
Of course, oFAB is going to need quite a bit of help from his teammates as well in order to have a chance against either of this week’s red-hot opponents.