The Western Conference Finals are nearing and the buzz surrounding the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs keeps growing all the way to the world of video games.
ESPN simulated the series using NBA 2K12 to give the fans a little taste of what might be in store for them.
The Spurs beat the Thunder in five games.
This is something that wouldn’t be terribly surprising in real life but in the video game world and specifically in NBA 2K12, I don’t know how this happened.
The Thunder are built for video game basketball. They have three studs who kill it in isolation scoring and it’s reflected pretty well in the game.
Kevin Durant has one of the highest mid range shot ratings in the game which pretty much makes him unguardable. Russell Westbrook is impossible to stay in front of and James Harden’s ratings have been updated to make him someone who can cause havoc as well.
The same can’t be said for the Spurs. They are great in real life for reasons that don’t usually translate into video game basketball. Their offense is reliant on great ball movement and decision-making which the CPU can hardly emulate in 2K12.
NBA 2K12 is one of the most realistic video games ever and in CPU vs. CPU simulations, players tend to be less aggressive than they are in real life and that’s probably why the Thunder did not put up a better fight.
But I’ve played with the Thunder against the CPU Spurs many times in the past few weeks and it is impossible to lose and I play on a difficulty where I do lose other matchups that I should.
These simulation results are just flat out troubling. It’s not a good omen for the Thunder and maybe this series isn’t going to go as well as I thought it would.