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theducks
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NBA 2K21 Play Now Online: A Thread
It’s been a few years since I’ve done one of these threads but with the next gen release and 2k “rebuilding” (notice I put that in quotes) the game for next gen I figured I’d give it a whirl.

First impressions: this game is very pretty. Offense is smooth. Players dunk. A lot. The ratings some of these players get are trash but that’s 2k for you. Why does Luka have 80+ 3pt rating when he’s an average to below average 3pter?

Shooting is very hard. Did some research and saw that square (PS5) with shot timer off is the way to go. As someone that’s used a mix of the right stick and square in the past, this is annoying. I find catch and shoot with right stick is much more responsive than square. That’ll be an adjustment. Because of shooting difficulty, I’m seeing a lot of 2-3 zone. As an OG 2-3 zone user idk if I’m happy about this or not.

Got my first first game winner last night. I was the Pels playing against the Nets. Again Dunking is so OP this year. I’ve gotten dunked on by Harden more than I’ve seen him dunk in a whole season. I have a C in the one even. Meanwhile Zion can’t dunk when Deandre Jordan is next to him. But I can stuff it with Lonzo and Ingram lol.

Anyway - last possession my opponent accidentally dribbles out of bounds with 15 seconds left. These dribble gods every year try to play PNO as if it’s 2 v 2 in park. I inbound to Ingram, milk the clock down to about 7 when my opponent gives me a lane. He rotates Reddick’s defender over, i hit Reddick wide open in the corner by pass out as it would give my opponent about 3ish seconds to answer. I had decided I wanted the last shot already. Not a smart move but one I’m willing to live with. I see Bledsoe cutting across the top of the key and hit him. My opponent then jumps thinking I’m out of time but there’s 1.8 seconds left. I move into the elbow at the top of the free throw line and sink a moving mid with Bledsoe! Bledsoe is also wayyyy better in 2k than he is irl

All in all I’m casually excited but I think it’s more due to being tired of 2k current Gen. Next Gen looks great and offense is fluid but I can already see some meta(s) and I’ve only played 3 games.


theducks
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re: NBA 2K21 Play Now Online: A Thread
Some general pointers that I made for my 2k16 thread back in the day that imo hold up today:

Tip 1: Always get your guys back on defense. Don't even bother stealing the inbound pass. You're more likely to give up an easy bucket than you are stealing that pass
Tip 2: If they miss the 2nd free throw, that just became a fastbreak. Throw it up to your PG or SG streaking down the court. You can usually get off an uncontested 3 if the defending team is packing the paint (they usually are)
Tip 3: Look for cutting players. This is obvious but it's important to recognize it. A cutting player on this year's 2K is a guaranteed bucket. The defense is often too slow to do anything to stop him. You have to pick up the cutter before they get 10 feet from the hoop. Usually that's where it's intercepted. It's easy to get buried that way, needing a quick bucket in a game that's starting to get out of hand, often times my opponents will make that pass too late and my C picks them off.
Tip 4: The 2-3 zone is your friend. The 3-2 IMO is mostly trash. The guys in the corner often times play too far up and leave their guys wide open along the base line. The 2-3 if you're fast enough, can be awesome for a number of reasons. The defense rotates well and the help D usually isn't too much. I like the 2-3 when my opponent keeps running the P&R or doing give and go. This defense won't work well with the Warriors but it does great if you're quick with rotations against every other team on the game. Usually I try to keep the PG at the top of the key and I pull the SF out to the baseline often. It works like a disguised 3-2.


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