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Call it Sim City, ‘NBA 2K14’ Predicts the Conference Finals: Game Theory

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After a memorable, exciting and controversial 2014 NBA Playoffs, we’ve come to this, the L’s Final Four: Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. It’s safe to say that the remaining four teams were widely considered to be in their respective Conference Finals all along, so in that respect David Stern Adam Silver got his wish. Still, why wait for real life to play itself out? Considering that we live in a sports world where rampant speculation and “expert opinion” is far more entertaining than the actual games, why not add more petrol to the fire by letting “NBA 2K14” simulate who will be battling for the Larry O’Brien trophy in June?

Jump ball.—Sean A. Malcolm

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

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Despite not having the imposing defensive presence of Serge Ibaka on the floor for the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder handled the ageless San Antonio Spurs pretty easily in a defining five-game series victory. OKC’s Kevin Durant imposed his will—showcasing his MVP prowess—averaging 36.2 points per game, including a dominant 44-11-5 performance in a Game 3 shootout win, 119-108, where both teams shot over 50% from the field (Spurs 57%, Thunder 51%). In defeat, Tony Parker led the Spurs in points (25.4 ppg) and future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan put up a decent series stat line (19.2 ppg and 9.2 rpg) but in the end it wasn’t enough. The Thunder had too much firepower behind KD and Russell Westbrook, who dropped 25 points per game, en route to the franchise’s second Western Conference championship in three years.

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OKC defeats SAS 4-1

GAME 1 THUNDER 116, SPURS 100
GAME 2 THUNDER 84, SPURS 82
GAME 3 SPURS 108, THUNDER 119
GAME 4 SPURS 108, THUNDER 98
GAME 5 THUNDER 111, SPURS 96


MIAMI HEAT VS. INDIANA PACERS

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Unlike last year’s thrilling seven-game Eastern Conference Finals classic, the rematch proved anti-climatic as the Miami Heat took out the upstart Indiana Pacers in just five games. The Heat’s Big 3 of Lebron James (24.4 ppg), Dwayne Wade (22 ppg) and Chris Bosh (13.2 ppg), along with a big contribution from Ray “I’m Still Jesus Shuttlesworth” Allen, who clocked 18 points and 26 points off the bench in Games 2 and 3, respectively, led an impressive offensive showing that saw Miami drop over 100-points in all of their games. As for the Pacers, there wasn’t much bite to the number one seed’s bark. Paul George, despite solid performances in the first two games (25-6-5 in Game 1 and 21-8-8 in Game 2), struggled mightily in the next two, shooting a horrific 32% from the field in Game 3 and 4 combined. George didn’t have much help from Lance Stephenson (a paltry 12.4 ppg throughout the series) and Roy Hibbert, who came up small against Miami’s thin frontcourt, averaging a shade over 10 points per game with only 9 boards and a block throughout their five-game defeat against “The Heattles,” Eastern Conference champions for the fourth consecutive year.

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MIA defeats IND 4-1

GAME 1 HEAT 112, PACERS 110
GAME 2 HEAT 105, PACERS 108
GAME 3 PACERS 85, HEAT 109
GAME 4 PACERS 92, HEAT 105
GAME 5 HEAT 112, PACERS 107

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