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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Andrew on Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:57 pm

Your owner definitely has a lot of confidence!
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:42 pm

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First round matchup pits Wizards (6) against Magic (3)
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We're finally here! After 6 months of work, 16 teams have earned the right to battle for the throne. The Wizards rebounded from a sluggish start to claim the #6 seed in the East and will take on Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in the first round.

Matchup History
1/11/06 - Washington beat Orlando on the road, 81-75

A Clash Of Styles
Fueled by All-Star PG Gilbert Arenas, Washington's high-powered offense leads the NBA in pace and PPG. You might call it run-and-gun, but Coach Eddie Jordan preaches run-and-execute. Indeed, the Wizards also lead the league in FG% and clean up their misses (2nd in ORPG). However, their fast pace introduces some risk as they lead the league in TOPG. Defensively, the Wizards are far more conservative. They don't foul (bottom 3), but they're dead last in defensive rebounding and blocks. That could spell trouble against Dwight Howard, one of the league's best rebounding and scoring big men.

Orlando is an average offensive team on paper but features 3 players averaging 15+ PPG. Dwight Howard, Grant Hill, and Steve Francis are all capable of going off on any given night, especially in the playoffs. The Magic pride themselves on defense, ranking 3rd in blocks and 10th in steals. Howard's rim protection alone will be a significant issue for Washington when the 3PT shot isn't falling - an all too familiar scenario.

So there you have it - a lightning-fast, efficient offense meets a methodical, stingy defense. Do Jamison and Agent Zero have enough left in the tank to topple the favored Magic? The Wizards beat them once on the road. Only time will tell if they can pull it off 4 more times.

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby cavs4872 on Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:37 am

A lot of fun matchups going on there: Houston and Denver, run-and-gun Phoenix and Seattle, LeBron vs. VC (who knew in 2018 that would mean LeBron versus virtual currency :lol:)... prime Hill and Francis were a bit before my time, so it's hard for me to gauge what this Orlando team is like; they don't seem like that much of a threat. I don't think an upset is out of the question.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:22 pm

Round 1, Game 1: Arenas, Wizards make a statement in Orlando
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@Orlando | W 97-89

Agent Zero was a man on a mission tonight. Right out of the gate, Arenas single-handedly controlled the tempo on both ends of the court. He rattled the Orlando backcourt with 5 steals and orchestrated the offense with 41 points and 8 assists - his second 40+ point performance this season. Washington maintained a 5-10 point lead for most of the game and kept the Amway Arena crowd in their seats. Jamison scored 17 points, and Haywood added a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds.

I wanted to make a statement tonight. A lot of people are probably looking at the seeding, matchups, stats, and all that, but our mindset is to go win 4 games and leave it all on the court. For me, it's all about defense, getting your team involved, and attacking the basket. When you're doing those things, the rest of your game comes naturally.
- Gilbert Arenas

It was obviously huge for us to go out and win game 1 in Orlando. I wanted to throw some zone at them early to force them out of their comfort zone and into some outside shots. We had success with that, and Arenas was obviously phenomenal on both ends. When you have a leader like that, a lot of things are going to go right.
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Live 06 apparently doesn't record box scores for playoff games. I'll either have to grab those right after the game ends or just stick with highlighted stats in the summaries.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Andrew on Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:21 pm

Great way to tip off the postseason!
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby cavs4872 on Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:00 am

Box scores are nice, but Kenny's Nuggets kind of taught me we can live without them (and that also gives people incentive to actually read the recap), so it's all good. (Y)
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:43 am

cavs4872 wrote:Box scores are nice, but Kenny's Nuggets kind of taught me we can live without them (and that also gives people incentive to actually read the recap), so it's all good. (Y)


Agreed. I save them mainly for myself so I can eventually look back on trends, progression, etc. I may just do the playoffs without them to save on time, though.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Andrew on Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:50 am

I actually experimented with using the Playoff Tree file from NBA Live 07 to access boxscores in NBA Live 06. From memory, it either didn't work, or it worked in so much as being able to bring up the boxscores but caused some other problem like not being able to navigate out of the menu. Either way, it sadly wasn't a viable solution.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:45 pm

Round 1, Game 2: Wizards' fast pace and 2-3 zone stifle Magic again
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@Orlando | W 112-102

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Wizards had a solid gameplan for the Magic in game 1, and it was just as efficient - if not more so - in game 2. Q1 was evenly played, but the Wizards' fast-pace began to outgun the Magic in Q2.

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Coming out of the half, the Wizards blew the game open and led by 20+ points for most of Q3. Arenas fueled the offense (18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists), Jamison was dominant down low (22 points), and Jaric was on point from the perimeter (16 points, 4/5 3PT). Backup PF Etan Thomas scored a season-high 11 points off the bench. The Magic mounted a comeback late in Q4 behind Dwight Howard (24 points, 10 rebounds), but it was too little too late. Steve Francis scored 20 for the Magic, and Grant Hill and Jameer Nelson each added 14.

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Orlando has to feel uneasy after squandering their home court advantage. Eddie Jones' 2-3 zone clearly has Orlando's offense out of whack, and they can't stop Washington's steamroller offense. If they don't find answers soon, the Wizards could coast to a surprise sweep.

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Andrew on Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:18 pm

Young Dwight had so much potential, he could dunk through backboards! Solid win to put you in the driver's seat heading back to Washington.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby mp3 on Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:13 am

Nice franchise, imagine what people would say today if Dwight did that in Live or 2k lol
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Lamrock on Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:35 am

I don't think anybody would be surprised to see that happen in Live 19
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby mp3 on Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:44 am

Probably not, but they have improved dramatically to eliminate warping
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Andrew on Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:43 am

I'd be a little surprised. Both NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19 have some occasional clipping issues, but for the most part, stuff like that doesn't really happen. Not to that extent, anyway.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:03 pm

Haven't had much time to play recently. My daughter is napping less and eating solids now, so that cuts into my evening. After this weekend, I should have more weekends at home. See you guys soon!
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby cavs4872 on Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:05 pm

Cool! Looking forward to it.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:45 am

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Individual Awards
MVP: Kevin Garnett
Rookie: Deron Williams
Defensive Player: Shawn Marion
Most Improved: Dwight Howard
Sixth Man: Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Coach of the Year: Flip Saunders

Team Awards
All NBA First Team
All NBA Second Team
All Rookie First Team
All Rookie Second Team
All Defensive First Team
All Defensive First Team

Gilbert Arenas was the only Wizard to get an award by making the All Defensive First Team.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:52 am

Simulated Games: Round 1, Games 3 and 4
Wizards Lead Series 3-1

I decided to sim 2 games in this series to account for the chaos of the playoffs. We split the home trip to go up 3-1 in the series.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:13 pm

Round 1, Game 5: Wizards collapse late as Magic force game 6
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@Orlando | L 87-97

The Wizards have to feel sick. Eddie Jordan and his team were in the driver's seat throughout game 5, but late-game mental errors allowed the Magic to slip by and force game 6.

Gilbert Arenas opened the game with a contested 3-pointer, followed up by a fast-break alley-oop to Antawn Jamison. Things kept rolling for Washington when Dwight Howard was benched early in Q1 with 2 fouls and Jamison dominated the paint. Chucky Atkins provided a spark off the bench with 3 early 3-pointers.

The Wizards remained in control throughout Q2 and Q3, consistently maintaining an 8-10 point lead. The Magic shot terribly from 3 but remained within striking distance by the efforts of Steve Francis and Grant Hill. Arenas went down with a minor injury late in Q3, and Jameer Nelson took advantage. Orlando went on an 18-4 run as Howard stifled Jamison in the paint. The Wizards' bench was largely ineffective and unable to mount a comeback as the Magic pulled away. Washington ended the game with poor, frustrated shot selection and mental mistakes, including a technical foul for calling an illegal timeout.

Steve Francis led the way for Orlando with 31 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. Jameer Nelson followed with 25 points and 6 assists. Dwight Howard was surprisingly quiet with 4 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block. For the Wizards, Jamison led with 24 points and 6 rebounds.

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:24 pm

Tough break. Sounds like the comeback logic struck again.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:14 pm

Round 1, Game 6: Dwight Howard wakes up, game 7 is on
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vs. Orlando | L 84-87

Dwight Howard had been unusually quiet through the first 5 games of this series. Rumors out of Orlando say he's still nursing a back injury from February, but a trained eye would tell you the Magic have been trying to force too much through Stevie Franchise.

Whatever the case, Brian Hill's team woke their sleeping giant for a big performance in game 6 as Howard tallied 22 points, 13 rebounds, a block, and 2 steals. Orlando controlled the game from the tip and held a 15-point lead with 4 minutes left in the 4th. Washington did mount a huge comeback on the back of Jamison (35 points) but came up short as Arenas missed a 3 at the buzzer.

It's now do-or-die for both teams as we head to the deciding game 7!

Player of the Game: Dwight Howard

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:52 pm

Hoping for the best in Game 7!

Nice GIF, too. Incidentally, if you're looking for a way to remove the "hide panel" button, I made this little mod a few years back: Replay Fix 06 - Better Screenshots
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Breems on Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:04 pm

Andrew wrote:Hoping for the best in Game 7!

Nice GIF, too. Incidentally, if you're looking for a way to remove the "hide panel" button, I made this little mod a few years back: Replay Fix 06 - Better Screenshots


Life saver! That little thing annoys me so much, but it's usually not worth the effort to crop out. Thanks.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (16-13) | 2006 Playoffs!

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:51 pm

No worries, I wish I'd thought of it when NBA Live 06 was in its heyday. That always bugged me as well.
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