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NBA fans deprived of pro basketball during the coronavirus pandemic can try and get a virtual fix as league players compete against each other in a vi

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NBA fans deprived of pro basketball during the coronavirus pandemic can try and get a virtual fix as league players compete against each other in a video game tournament with $100,000 in prize money going to a charity of the winner’s choosing.

In total, 16 NBA stars will be playing in the NBA 2K tournament, which will involve players choosing teams and facing off head-to-head from remote locations.

For Kevin Durant, the injured Brooklyn Nets star, the tournament will serve as his first competitive action of the season. Durant recently got over coronavirus himself, as did Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who will also compete in the tournament. Both the Nets and Jazz have since announced that all of their players have been cleared of coronavirus. 

The NBA 2K tournament will begin Friday night on ESPN.

The NBA season was postponed indefinitely on March 11 and will not return until mid-May at the earliest.  

For Kevin Durant, the injured Brooklyn Nets star, the tournament will serve as his first competitive action of the season. Durant recently got over coronavirus himself, as did Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell (pictured), who will also compete in the tournament. Both the Nets and Jazz have since announced that all of their players have been cleared of coronavirus.

For Kevin Durant, the injured Brooklyn Nets star, the tournament will serve as his first competitive action of the season. Durant recently got over coronavirus himself, as did Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell (pictured), who will also compete in the tournament. Both the Nets and Jazz have since announced that all of their players have been cleared of coronavirus.

Injured Nets star Kevin Durant (right) will be one of 16 players competing in the NBA2K tourney

Injured Nets star Kevin Durant (right) will be one of 16 players competing in the NBA2K tourney

Injured Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant (right) and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (left) will be two of 16 players competing in the NBA2K tourney. Both recently recovered from COVID-19

Injured Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant earned the top seed, as determined by his rating in the game and his service time in the NBA. Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is the second seed

Injured Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant earned the top seed, as determined by his rating in the game and his service time in the NBA. Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is the second seed

Injured Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant earned the top seed, as determined by his rating in the game and his service time in the NBA. Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is the second seed 

Seeding is determined by players’ ratings on the game and also by tenure in the NBA. Competitors will choose eight current teams, which they can use only once in the tournament. If both players choose the same team for any one game, the ‘away’ competitor will get his preference.

The first two rounds are single elimination while the semifinals and finals will be a best-of-three series. The tournament will run through April 11.

Other players involved in the tournament include Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside, Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, Phoenix Suns teammates Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond, Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine, Los Angeles Clippers teammates Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley, Indiana Pacers power forward Domantas Sabonis, free agent DeMarcus Cousins, Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura, Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat.

The tournament will begin at 7pm ET with Jones, the bottom seed, going up against top-seeded Durant, who will be playing with the Nets, Bills, Mavericks, Rockets, Clippers, Jazz or one of his two former teams, the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Jones will be playing as the Celtics, Nets, Mavericks, Clippers, Lakers, Heat, Bucks or 76ers.

With Kevin Durant sitting out the 2019-2020 season with a torn Achilles tendon, Brooklyn Nets fans will finally get a chance to see the two-time NBA Finals MVP during the NBA 2K tourney

With Kevin Durant sitting out the 2019-2020 season with a torn Achilles tendon, Brooklyn Nets fans will finally get a chance to see the two-time NBA Finals MVP during the NBA 2K tourney

With Kevin Durant sitting out the 2019-2020 season with a torn Achilles tendon, Brooklyn Nets fans will finally get a chance to see the two-time NBA Finals MVP during the NBA 2K tourney

Meanwhile two teams of WNBA players lost second-round matches Thursday in the NBA 2K League Three For All Showdown.

Watch Us Work, consisting of Atlanta Dream guard Alexis Jones, Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray and Washington Mystics forward Aerial Powers, dropped an Xbox matchup to 2Raw, a squad that emerged from the public qualifying tournament.

The all-female Sugar Icy Ballas, featuring Las Vegas Aces guard Sugar Rodgers as well as Women in Gaming representatives Ayleesha ‘ABallaGirl’ Harvey and Brianna ‘icygirl’ Novin, fell to 76ers GC, an NBA 2K League team.

The $25,000 online event features teams of players from NBA 2K League squads, the winners of a public qualifying tournament contested last weekend, plus selected WNBA players, NBA G League players and sports and media celebrities.

The tournament is divided into brackets for play on Xbox and PS4, with numerous NBA 2K League teams competing in both formats by splitting their squads. The 36-team Xbox bracket featured 21 NBA 2K League teams, and the 42-team PS4 bracket included 19 NBA 2K League teams.

The prize pool has $15,000 available for the non-NBA 2K League teams, with the two non-NBA 2K League teams advancing the furthest in each bracket cashing in for $5,000 and $2,500.

The second round and quarterfinals of both brackets were contested Thursday.

All four teams that advanced to the Xbox semifinals are from the NBA 2K League, while three of the four in the PS4 semifinals are from the NBA 2K League. The lone exception is Huh Nation, consisting of Mario ‘MyParkBully’ Croffie, Darell ‘ripxreii’ Nwobu and LaQuan ‘QuanonGod’ Spence.

In the Xbox quarterfinals, Blazer5 Gaming knocked off 2Raw, Celtics Crossover Gaming dumped All That, Kings Guard Gaming eliminated Warriors Gaming Squad, and Pistons GC edged Power DF.

The PS4 quarterfinals saw Wizards District Gaming beat NetsGC, Huh Nation topple Team of Hell 2.0, Magic Gaming stop Bucks Gaming, and 76ers GC oust the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is the second seed in the NBA 2K tournament

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is the second seed in the NBA 2K tournament

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is the second seed in the NBA 2K tournament

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