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We Simulated Game 5 On NBA 2K17 To Verify If The Cavs Can Extend The Finals Again

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The Cavaliers forced a Game 5 in the NBA Finals with their 137-116 win over the Warriors in Game 4, and on Monday night we’ll learn whether the Cavs can get the series back to Cleveland for a Game 6 or if Golden State can win their second title in three years.

Much like a year ago, the Cavs found new life in Cleveland, but were only able to split the two games at home. The biggest positive for Cleveland coming back to Oakland is that Kyrie Irving goes all out and to be playing his best. The rest of the team finally came alive in Game 4 to hit shots and provide Irving and LeBron James with some much needed help.

The Warriors will hope that a return to Oakland will bring back the dominance that they showed in Games 1 and 2. The reason is that because the last thing Golden State wants is for the series to return to Cleveland and the ghosts of last year’s 3-1 collapse start up again. Although we already knew the result of the game in the real world, we were also interested in NBA 2K17 and ran a simulation of Game 5 to get a prediction from the virtual NBA Finals.

And there it is: the Cavaliers have indeed forced a Game 6 back in Cleveland, and we suddenly have ourselves a series in NBA 2K17. Like Game 4, Cleveland’s efficiency from three-point range and tremendous ability to march to the free-throw line proves to be the biggest difference in the game. Also of note is that the Cavs had to catch up with Warriors 11-point in order to pull off the win.

The shot charts and heat maps for both teams are about what you would expect. The Cavs got hot from three-point range, while the Warriros put up a lot of attempts with marginal success. In the end, it’s that free throw differential that proves to be the difference as Cleveland shows once again that they weren’t lying when they said if they play their best they can beat this Warriors team at their own game.

As for the MVP honors, this one comes as little surprise. Kyrie’s 30-point outburst earns game MVP honors as the Cavs have managed to fend off defeat one more time and live to fight another day with Game 6 back in Cleveland.