Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh's resurgence will lead the Miami Heat to an exciting 87-83 win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals...at least that's what NBA 2K13 predicted.
I set up the playoff brackets to allow the Heat to square off against the Indiana Pacers in a one-game battle and the Heat prevailed. The simulation didn't go over without some anxious moments for Miami, though.
Here is the quarter-by-quarter score:
The score was tight the entire game with Miami never holding a lead larger than nine. I posted the highlight reel to YouTube, check it out below:
If you watched the video, you saw LeBron James didn't have to do it all alone in the simulation. NBA 2K13 obviously had the old aggressive and effective version of Wade, who slashed, spun and converted on tough shots throughout the simulated game.
Wade led all scorers with 26 points.
If the real Miami Heat saw just half of cyber-Wade in the real series, they would already be battling the San Antonio Spurs.
The timid and less than impressive Bosh we've seen in the real Eastern Conference finals was gone. Instead, cyber-Bosh played like Heat fans hoped he'd play this series. He made his jump shot and forced Pacers' center Roy Hibbert to move his feet on defense.
The result was a Michael Jordan Player of the Game performance in the simulation. Bosh's dream game against Indiana rendered 19 points and 10 rebounds.
James had a reserved game from a scoring standpoint, but he was able to set his teammates up, defend and hit the boards. LeBron scored 15 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out six assists.
This is probably the way he'd prefer to play in real life. But a combination of his teammates' injuries, weak play and the Pacers' stellar defense has made that impossible.
The virtual Heat got a huge lift from Shane Battier off the bench. He made all three of his shots from the field and finished with eight points. This was amazing considering he's 2-for-12 from the field in the real Eastern Conference finals.
Miami would love an eight-point performance from Battier on Monday.
The virtual Paul George was just as stellar as the real one has been. He kept the Pacers in the game and played good defense on James. His stat line for the simulated Game 7 was comparable to what he's done through six games in reality.
He finished with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.
Indiana's size still manhandled the Heat in the virtual world. Hibbert was a handful, though he didn't dominate in the simulation the same way he has in reality. He had 17 points and seven rebounds, but Bosh's offense more than offset Hibbert's play.
How closely will the simulation come to reality?
Bosh's rebound numbers were eye-popping considering what he's done against Indiana over the past week. He has averaged only 3.7 rebounds through the first six games.
The Heat could really use a huge game on the boards from him. Rebounding is a big key, and the Heat were the worst rebounding team in the NBA all season while the Pacers were the best. An edge there was expected.
What wasn't expected is the cold shooting from every Heat player not named James.
In the simulation LeBron got help. Will reality emulate fantasy on Monday night? The Heat's chances at a third-straight trip to the NBA Finals and a possible repeat depend on it.
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