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Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () CONTENTS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Introductions Controls MyPlayer NBA Today Lebron: Path to Greatness Heat Dynasty [Rocket Like A Hurricane] [The Dubs are Trouble] [Kobe's Last Shot?] [Off to Beat the Wizards] [OKC You in the Finals] [Bulls on Parade] [Determining the Greatest] Fantastic Journey [Run it Back] [Lebron's on Point] [MVP Showdown] [Solving the Answer] [Three-Peat at Stake] [Can't Take the Heat] [Passing of the Torch] [8th is Enough] [Enter King John] [Battle for the Ages] [Getting Clipped] [The New Big Three] [Quest for 73] [When Big Threes Collide] [The LeBron Stopper] [Return of the Mamba] [The Facilitator] [A Temporary Truce with Trice] [The One True King] [Rally the Troops] [Down but not Out] [Ringless Recruits] [Quest for 34] [Scoring Title Assist] [LeBron VS. The Giant] [Kings Square Off] [Return of The Flash] [In LeBron we Trust] [LeBron Unleashed] [Don't call it a Comeback] [Walk the Walk] [Will to Win] [The King's Coronation] MyCareer Game Modes MyTeam The Association Training Camp Season Playoffs Practice The Association: Online NBA Blacktop Online Features Team List & Rank Achievements ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () INTRODUCTIONS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you for your interest in this guide/walkthrough. I will mostly be focusing on Lebron: Path to Greatness, which could be considered the definite single player aspect of the game. I've done a MyCareer portion but that's more like a throw-in and everything else seems self explanatory anyway. Specific team strategies I would try to give might not be applicable due to different/ custom rosters for Game Modes other than L:PTG, like The Association or Season so I won't give suggestions for those other modes. If you truly want to be better in NBA2K14 you just need to keep playing! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () CONTROLS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note: The controls listed here are for the Xbox360, but can be easily under- stood for the Playstation and Next Gen. The controls in NBA 2K14 are like recent years where there is basic moves for the beginner and advance moves for more variations to the gameplay. In Practice Mode you can practice the advance moves for more success when playing. In any area the moving the Right Stick (RS) will bring up the 2K Menu. Pressing B will bring up the current submenu. [BASIC CONTROLS] [Offense] Left Stick: Move player in all directions Right Stick: Advance Moves (Dribbles/Shooting/Passing) A: Pass B: Pick Control Y: Post Up X: Shoot Left Bumper (LB): Play Call Right Bumper (RB): Icon Pass Left Trigger (LT): Pass Modifier Right Trigger (RT): Sprint Back Button: Timeout Start Button: Pause DPad Up: Signature Skills HUD DPad Down: On-The-Fly Coaching DPad Right: On-The-Fly Coaching DPad Left: On-The-Fly Coaching [Defense] Left Stick: Move player in all directions Right Stick: Hands up / Shade / Constest A: Change Player B: Take Charge / Flop C: Block / Rebound X: Steal Left Bumper (LB): Double Team Right Bumper (RB): Icon Swap Left Trigger (LT): Intense-D Right Trigger (RT): Sprint Back Button: Intentional Foul Start Button: Pause DPad Up: Signature Skills HUD DPad Down: On-The-Fly Coaching DPad Right: On-The-Fly Coaching DPad Left: On-The-Fly Coaching [Player Lock - Offense Off-Ball] Left Stick: Move player in all directions Right Stick: Off-Ball Cut A: Call for Ball B: Set Screen Y: Rebound X: Tell CPU To Shoot Left Trigger (LT): Post Up Right Trigger (RT): Sprint Back Button: Timeout Start Button: Pause DPad Up: Signature Skills HUD DPad Down: On-The-Fly Coaching DPad Right: On-The-Fly Coaching DPad Left: On-The-Fly Coaching [Player Lock - Defense Off-Ball] Left Stick: Move player in all directions Right Stick: Shot Contest / Pressure B: Take Charge / Flop Y: Block / Rebound X: Steal Left Bumper (LB): Double Team Left Trigger (LT): Grab / Post Engage Right Trigger (RT): Sprint Back Button: Intentional Foul Start Button: Pause DPad Up: Signature Skills HUD DPad Down: On-The-Fly Coaching DPad Right: On-The-Fly Coaching DPad Left: On-The-Fly Coaching Right Stick Press: Hard / Wrap Foul [ADVANCE CONTROLS] [Shooting] Jump Shot: Hold RS any direction Stepback Jumper: Hold RS away from hoop (driving laterally) Hop Gather: Tap X while driving (LS determines direction of hop) Spin Shot: Rotate RS from ball hand around player's back, then hold Half Spin Shot: Rotate RS in a quarter-circle from ball hand to hoop, then hold Runner/Floater : Hold RS away from hoop (while driving close) Normal Layup: Hold RS toward hoop (while driving) Reverse Layup: Hold RS toward baseline (while driving baseline) Euro Step Layup: Hold RS away from hoop left/right (while driving) Hop Step Layup: RT + Hold RS left/right (while driving) Dunk: RT + Hold RS toward hoop (while driving) Mid-Air Change Shot: Start dunk/layup, move RS in any direction while in air. Pump Fake: Start a jump shot, then quickly release RS Step Through: Pump fake, then hold RS again before pump fake ends [ISO Motion] In and Out: Tap RS toward hoop Stutter Step: RT + Tap RS toward hoop Hesitation (Quick): Tap RS toward ball hand Hesitation (Escape): RT + Tap RS toward ball hand (from stand dribble) Crossover: Tap RS toward off hand Between Legs Cross: Tap RS toward off hand and player's back Crossover (Escape): RT + Tap RS toward off hand (from stand dribble) Behind Back: Tap RS away from hoop Stepback: RT + Tap RS away from hoop Spin: Rotate RS from ball hand around player's back, then quickly return to neutral Half Spin: Rotate RS in a quarter-circle from ball hand to hoop, then quickly return to neutral Triple Threat Jab: Tap RS left, right, or forward (while in triple threat) Triple Threat Stepback: RT + Tap RS away from hoop (while in triple threat) Triple Threat Spinout: Rotate RS in either direction (while in triple threat) [Passing] Pass: A (LS selects recipient) Bounce Pass: LT + A (LS selects recipient) Flashy Pass: LT + RS Fake Pass: X + A Alley-Oop: LT + X (LS selects recipient, toward basket for oop- to-self) Rolling Inbound: LT + A during baseline inbounds Give and Go: Press and hold A to retain control of passer, release A to pass the ball back to him [Post Moves] Enter/Leave Post: Y Post Movement: LS any directions Faceup Drive: LS toward key or baseline + Y (while holding the ball) Disengage Drive: LS toward baseline + Y (while dribbling the ball) Aggressive Backdown: RT + LS toward hoop Drive to Key: RT + LS toward key Drive to Baseline: RT + LS toward baseline Quick Spin: Rotate RS to outside shoulder Hook Drive: Rotate RS to inside shoulder Fakes: Tap RS in any directin but away from hoop Post Hop: Hold LS to the left or right away from hoop, then tap X Post Stepback: Hold LS away from hoop, then tap X Dropstep: Hold LS to the left or right toward hoop, then tap X [Post Shots] Post Hook: RS toward hoop (close range) Post Fade: RS left or right away from hoop (beyond close range) Step Through Layup: Hold RT then move RS left or right toward hoop (close range) Shimmy Fade: Hold RT then move RS left or right away from hoop (beyond close range) Pump Fake: Start a shot listed above then move RS to neutral Up & Under/Step Through: Pump fake, then RS again before pump fake ends [Post Play Defense (On-Ball)] Neutralize Move: LS toward offensive player when he attempts a move Post Steals: X during post move Pull Chair or Flop: LS away from ball handler during aggressive backdown [On-Ball Defense] Intense-D: Hold LT when in front of dribbler Shade Stance Change: Hold LT, tap RS left or right Crowd Dribbler: Hold LT when near the dribbler (triple threat or holding ball) Fast Shuffle: Hold LT + RT, move LS in any direction Hands Up Defense: Hold RS in any direction Shot Contest: Tap RS toward shooter Pass Contest: Tap RS away from dribbler Take Charge: Hold B Flop: While in take charge, release B, press B Double Team: LB [Advance Offense] 2K Smart Play: Hold LB to call the best play for the situation Positional Playcall: Tap LB then tap teammate's action button; choose play from menu Send Teammate on Cut: Tap LB then tap teammate's action button; RS to cut Basic Pick Control: Hold B (length of hold determines Slip, Roll, or Fade) Icon Pick Control: Tap B then press and hold the action button of desired screener (length of hold determines Slip, Roll or Fade) [Off-Ball Offense] Call for Ball A Ask Teammate to Shoot: X Call for Alley-Oop: LT + X (while cutting toward hoop) Set Screen: B Call for Screen: Y Stand Juke: RS tap left/right Juke Launch: RS tap left, hold right Spin Launch: RS half-circle Stutter Launch: RS left twice, then hold Stutter Cut: RS tap any direction (while running) Juke Cut: RS left, right (while running) Spin Cut: RS half-circle (while running) Post Up: LT (with back to defender) Post Spin for Lob: Release LT + LS left/right (when posted offball) Counter Deny/Front in Post: LT + RS left/right (when posted offball) [Off-Ball Defense] Post Up: LT (when near offensive player) Deny Ball: RS in any direction Ball Pressure: RS tap towards ballhandler Fight for Position in Post: LT + LS into defender (when posted offball) Deny / Front Post: LT + RS left/right (when posted offball) Steal Post Entry Pass: LT + X (as ball is passed into post) [KINECT VOICE COMMANDS] [Always Active] "Switch Camera": Move to the next camera position "Gatorade Dunk": Dunk the coach during applicable situations [Offense] "Call Time Out": Call a time out "Call" "Post Play" "for" "LeBron James": Call play by play type ("call" and "for" are optional) "Isolation," "Post Play"," "Pick and Roll," "Three Point": Play types "Position/Last Name/ Full Name": Call by "Substitute Player Last Name/Full Name/ Position": Substitutions (always active)-remove a player from game "Bring in-Bench Player Last Name/ Full Name": Initiate a substitution with a specific player "Pick and Roll," "Quick Isolation," "Quick Iso," "Clear Out," "Quick Post Up," "Quick Spot Up Three," "Cut to Basket," "Backdoor Cut": Quick play control "Set a Screen for me," "Set a Pick for me": Quick screen [DEFENSE-Active in both regular play and in MyCareer] "Pick up ball": Call for nearest AI player to switch to the ball handler if he doesn't have him already "Double Team": Call for AI double team "Help Me": Call for help from team "Intentional Foul": Call for intentional foul "Substitute Player Last Name/Full Name/ Position": Substitutions (always active; invalid for MyCareer)- remove a player from game "Bring in-Bench Player Last Name/Full Name": Initiate a substitution with a specific player "Man to Man," "Zone 2-3," "Zone 3-2," "Zone 1-3-1," "Halfcourt Press," "Halfcourt Trap," "Fullcourt Press," "Fullcourt Trap": Call for defensive set [MyCareer Offense] "Call time out," "Time out": Call for time out "Alley-Oop," "Throw the Alley": Call for alley-oop "Pass the ball to me," "Pass me the ball," "Pass the ball to Player Last Name/ Full Name/Position": Call for pass "Quick Post Up," "Quick Isolation," "Quick Iso," "Clear Out," "Quick Spot Up 3": Call for quick play "Set a Screen for me," "Set a Pick for me": Call for quick screen "Shoot the Ball!" "Shoot that Shot!" "Take that Shot!" "Shoot that!" "Shoot it": Call for AI shot ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () MyPlayer ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Before we get started you'll have to pick 1 of 36 different preset players that would be used in MyCareer Mode. If you're content with the work Take-Two has done then press Start to continue, otherwise press A on the player you want to modify even further. [Customizing MyPlayer] Here is a list of types you can customize along with a brief comment on them. I won't list the available options for each type since it's so vauge without me trying to explain it to you when you're better off seeing for your self in the game. They're self explanatory anyway! Just press LT or RT to rotate the camera around the player. > Skin Tone Darker to the left, lighter to the right. > Muscle Tone Let him rip! > Eye Color Only noticeable during replays. > Hair Style Unfortunately you won't see many of these in the NBA. > Hair length The coaches won't mind. > Hair color Probably only mattered to Dennis Rodman. > Beard Style What? No Harden beard?! > Moustache There's only 7 to choose from. > Goatee Decorate your chin! > Eyebrow Yes, you can shave it off. > Facial Hair Color Match the hair color, or mix them. The crowd won't laugh, I swear! > Face Type From tight to smooth. > Head Type Not exactly "Skull Type". > Head Package Premade heads from somebody at VC. > Customize Head Get the head you've always wanted using shapekeys! [Head Shape] > Preset Head Shape Choose 1 of 5 presets or tweak any of them afterwards. > Customize Head Shape > Brow (1/6) Width: Move LS left and right to press or protrude the Brow line. Height: Move LS up or down raise or lower the Brow line. Sloped: Move RS left or right to adjust the forehead angle. > Neck (2/6) Thickness: Move LS left or right to narrow or thicken the neck. Fat: Move LS up or down to increase neck fat for a double chin. > Chin (3/6) Width: Move LS left or right to thin or widen the chin. Length: Move LS up or down to lengthen or trim the chin. Protrusion: Move RS left or right to intrude or protrude the chin. > Jaw (4/6) Wide: Move LS left or right to thin or widen the jaw bone. Squareness: Move LS up or down to lower or raise the jaw bone. > Cheek (5/6) Width: Move LS left or right to decrease or increase the cheek bone. Height: Move LS up or down to raise or lower the cheek bone. Fullness: Move RS left or right to squeeze or puff the cheeks. > Definition (6/6) Definition: Move LS left or right to refine the face further. When you're satisfied remember to press A to accept changes. [Mouth Shape] > Preset Mouth Shape Choose 1 of 5 presets or tweak any of them afterwards. > Customize Mouth Shape > Upper Lip (1/4) Thickness: Move LS left or right to lower or raise the upper lip. Curve: Move LS up or down to angle or smooth the upper lip. Protrusion: Move RS left or right to tuck or stick out the upper lip. > Lower Lip (2/4) Thickness: Move LS to left or right to lower or raise the lower lip. Curve: Move LS up or down to pull or droop the lower lip. Protrusion: Move RS left or right to intrude or protrude the lower lip. > Mouth Size (3/4) Width: Move LS left or right to pucker or widen the mouth. Height: Move LS up or down to lower or raise the mouth position. > Curvature (4/4) Corners: Move LS left or right to lower or raise the mouth corners. [Ears Shape] > Preset Ears Shape Choose 1 of 5 presets or tweak any of them afterwards. > Customize Ears Shape > Ears Width: Move LS left or right to move ears inward or outward. Height: Move LS up or down to increase or decrease the ears. Tilt: Move RS left or right to tilt the ears inwards or outwards. Ear Lobe: Move RS up or down to lengthen or shorten the ear lobes. [Nose Shape] > Preset Nose Shape Choose 1 of 5 presets or tweak any of them afterwards. > Customize Nose Shape > Nose (1/4) Width: Move LS left or right to narrow or widen the nose. Height: Move LS up or down to raise or lower the nose. Protrusion: Move RS left or right to intrude or protrude the nose. > Bone (2/4) Definition: Move LS left or right to angle or round the nose slope. Bridge: Move LS up or down to adjust the nose bridge. Width: Move RS left or right to thin or widen the maxilla. > Tip (3/4) Width: Move LS left or right to increase or decrease the nose tip. Height: Move LS up or down to raise or lower the medial wall. Bend: Move RS left or right to shift the nose slope. Tip: Move RS up or down to thin or widen the nose tip. > Nostrils (4/4) Width: Move the LS left or right to thin or widen the nostrils. Height: Move the LS up or down to raise or lower the nostrils. [Eye Shape] > Preset Eyes Shape Choose 1 of 5 presets or tweak any of them afterwards. > Customize Eyes Shape > Form (1/3) Spacing: Move LS left or right to increase or decrease eye spacing. Openness: Move LS up or down to open or close a bit the eyelids. Upper Eyelid: Move RS left or right to raise or lower the outer corner. Lower Eyelid: Move RS up or down to raise or lower the lower eyelid. > Placement (1/3) Width: Move LS left or right to change the outer portion of the eyes. Height: Move LS up or down to raise or lower the eyes. Protrusion: Move RS left or right to intrude or protrude the sockets. Rotation: Move RS up or down to tilt the eyes. > Shape (3/3) Inner Eyelid: Move LS left or right to change the inner eyelid. Outer Eyelid: Move LS up or down to change the outer eyelid. > Randomize Head Do this before customizing your own head. > Reset Head Undo all the hard work you did or if your player starts to resemble someone out of Avatar. > Tattoos It's an NBA thing. > Name MyPlayer Now give your player a first and last name. If you give them a registered last name like "Bryant" the announcers will say that. Otherwise they will just call you by your nickname. Press Start whenever you're done to continue to the game. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () NBA TODAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Play a Featured Game from the actual NBA Schedule. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () Lebron: Path to Greatness ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ L:PTG is a single player campaign that pits Lebron against the rest of the league using fictional scenarios. There are two paths to choose: Heat Dynasty and Fantastic Journey. Heat Dynasty is a fictional continuation after the Heat won back-to-back championships. It covers seasons 2014-2020. The goal is for LeBron to win his 7th ring and cement the Heat as the "greatest" dynasty ever by beating teams that stand in his way. There are a total of 7 scenarios each involving a championship at stake. Fantastic Journey is another fictional but more personal look at LeBron's future in the NBA. Unlike Heat Dynasty, LeBron finds himself with other teams down the road facing new and old foes. It covers seasons 2014-2020. The goal is the same as in HD which is getting 7 rings for LeBron. There are a total of 33 scenarios. Stars are rewarded for accumulated points after the game. 3 stars are the most you'll earn per game. It isn't necessary to get 3 stars each game just to advance unless you want the Achievement. To be honest I hardly fared better but winning the game is more important and enough to advance. You can always replay them after you complete the path to get a better rating. Or you can even play as the opposing team or with a friend. It will only be counted as a Quick Match though. If you are new to NBA2K14 I suggest you practice basic and advance moves in Training Camp and Practice (found under Game Modes) before you attempt either path. Once you get used to how the AI works it will become less frustrating. Or you can just skip Practice like Allen Iverson. Just saying. You can also set the difficulty and the quarter time before you play in the Options menu. The minimum time is 6 minutes. You get that James? 6 minutes. You'll need to set the time to 12 minutes if you want to reach the Goal. Everything here is just general observation since I don't believe the games are played exactly the same everytime for everyone else because of too many factors involved so it could be different for you. I'm not going to say I'm the best baller out there so the basic strategies I give are more like suggestions and you're free to run the offense however you like. On Offense or Defense use DPad Left or Right for Plays and Sets. DPad Up shows Signature Skills of the selected player. DPad Down sets substitutions on the next dead ball. Some quick tips: > Utilize each players Signature Skills > Read the defense (mismatches, double teams, etc) > Don't throw the ball cross court > Don't rely on the 3's > Don't shoot too early in the shot clock > Forced shots = easy fast break points That aside, we will now start with Heat Dynasty and then Fantastic Journey. **************** * HEAT DYNASTY * **************** [Rocket Like A Hurricane] The Finals - June 17, 2014 Game Goal: The Brightest Star Win Player of the Game with LeBron on the way to the three-peat. J.Lin, J.Harden, and C.Parsons are all perimeter threats, so almost never let them have an open shot, especially at the 3 point line. O.Asik isn't good offensively but defensively, yeah. He gets rebounds D.Howard misses so you need to time it properly. They have decent players off the bench that mostly specialize in outside scoring like I.Canaan (mid-range), F.Garcia (3-point) and P.Beverley (3-point/defense). The one thing you should be always doing is reading the defense. Doing so will minimize any mistake you might make. You're primary goal is to have LeBron end up with better stats, you can tell who's top dog by pressing Start. Use the D-Pad and set a play for LeBron to get open or have LeBron call for screens by holding down B. Or use his speed to get past defenders and drive to the basket. M.Chalmers has a Catch and Shoot skill so let him use it when he gets the ball in the open. C.Bosh and U.Haslem are probably lesser defensively in the post against the Rocket's front court so Bosh could be more useful mid-range to draw out D.Howard. Make sure to press Y to protect the ball in with Bosh. You have R.Allen and S.Battier in your bench so take advantage of their Skills. [The Dubs are Trouble] The Finals - June 17, 2015 Game Goal: Shot for Shot Outshoot Stephen Curry from the field and beyond the arc with LeBron. O.Asik is back but this time G.Oden is matched up against him. S.Curry tends to look for the mid-range shot and is able to shoot off a catch. Defensively Curry can rip the ball away from you so don't get fancy with him. K.Thompson is a outside threat so at least keep him away from the corners. A.Iguodala will look to drive and is a Lockdown Defender. D.Lee is a post player with Tenacious Rebounder and Post Proficiency Skills. Their bench has good replacements in H.Barnes (Anti-Freeze) and T.Douglas (Scrapper). J.O'Neal is their only decent post defender/scorer but he is poor defending/scoring outside. It's James vs. Curry for the goal, so if you're letting Curry do whatever he wants it "might" be difficult to have James keep up. Remember to keep an eye on his position because if you try to pass with Curry in the middle he will likely steal it everytime. Have D.Wade control the ball most of the time if you like. Try staying man-to-man since the open man will look to drive. Call for screens often to disrupt the defense and don't forget the plays. You have the same bench as last year so make use of U.Haslem inside, R.Allen and S.Battier outside with Battier in the corner. If it gets crowded use DPad Left then X to space the floor. [Kobe's Last Shot?] The Finals - June 16, 2016 Game Goal: Crash the Party Outduel Kobe with LeBron on his big night. What an unearthly lineup. Anyway it's another VS goal so remember to focus on LeBron scoring but don't force it. I know it sounds weird but Kobe isn't going to take every shot. Besides K.Bryant, C.Anthony and K.Love will be the primary offensive threats. All 3 are always looking to score with J.Calderon primarily a ball handler and E.Kanter a rebounder. All starters except Kanter are 3-point threats so watch the perimeter. You have the same lineup again as before so their roles haven't changed. Just don't let Kobe have better stats than LeBron if you care about the Goal. Try to have LeBron take it to the basket often with his Finisher Skill if shots aren't falling from outside. Let G.Oden be a post rebounder/blocker instead of posting up since his ball handling is poor. You have plenty of players with Interceptor Skills so use it but don't over do it. Your 3-point threats in Allen and Battier are no more off the bench but you have J.Jenkins who has Catch and Shoot/Deadeye Skills. [Off to Beat the Wizards] The Conference Semifinals - May 20, 2017 Game Goal: Three Against One Have LeBron outperform the Wizards' Big Three all by himself. So now it's 3-vs-1. J.Wall has a wide set of Skills to use most notably Interceptor and Finisher. He'll look to drive often if he sees an opening so clog that lane. B.Beal is another with a range of Skill sets. With Catch and Shoot/Corner Specialist/Shot Creator/Deadeye Skills he is not one to mess with. He excels beyond the arc so keep him off the corners. Beal also tends to shoot more than Wall, in fact more than anyone else in the team for that matter. O.Porter is the 3rd man in the fight against LeBron. Though not as skilled as LeBron he can still shoot outside. He tends to shoot the mid-range shot followed by the close shot. Like Beal he has the Anti-Freeze Skill that never allows the player to get cold. M.Morris is a PF that can put up that 3 so don't forget about him. Despite his range he tends to shoot closer to the rim if not the 3. He's also a better rebounder offensively than defensively. E.Okafor is the typical center that he only shoots close, likes to rebound and will contest mostly every shot. Off the bench is nothing spectacular. J.Barea tends to shoot more than anyone in the team believe it or not, but only from beyond the arc and driving to the basket. Defensively he is ok but can't steal the ball well. The other offensive threats are K.Seraphin and M.Webster. Seraphin tends to shoot up close and Webster will tend to go for the corner 3. The goal obviously is to have L.James outperform 3 players and it makes me think this is only possible at the Rookie difficulty. So what to do? Drive. James is WAY faster than Porter so use that speed to your advantage. If they start doubling pass it out, don't force the shot. Call screens or dribble around isolated teammates who aren't near a crowd to cause confusion and drive to the basket and possibly draw the foul. Or send LeBron to cut to the basket. B.Knight replaces M.Chalmers at the point and isn't much offensively if not shooting the 3, but he is fast at least. There is the usual D.Wade, C.Bosh and G.Oden and the bench is the same but with K.Perkins replacing Anderson at center. Just be patient and don't play a fast pace game. [OKC You in the Finals] The Finals - June 22, 2018 Game Goal: Take Back the Paint Attack the Thunder's biggest strength and score inside as much as possible with LeBron. R.Westbrook is sharp from close to mid-range shots and will look to score close and drive often. Defensive Skills include Pick Pocket, Interceptor, and Lockdown Defender so beware going head to head with him. K.Durant is even better than Westbrook in that he can shoot the 3 and shoot it as often as his mid-range shot. He will tend to shoot close and like Westbrook tend to shoot more frequently. Durant's Offensive Awareness and Consistency are maxed. J.Lamb is their primary threat behind the 3 point line and tends to shoot from there often. A.Davis and R.Hibbert are the walls around the basket. Both have Eraser, Hustle Points and Defensive Anchor Skills. Offensively they both tend to shoot inside but watch for Davis more. N.Robinson is first off the bench and an offensive minded player looking to drive and shoot the 3. Call screens or set plays for LeBron to drive to the basket as you must score more inside than out. If you post up use Pump Fakes to draw the foul or to get them in the air. B.McLemore replaces D.Wade and isn't that bad offensively if LeBron can't get an opening. Utilize his Catch and Shoot/Deadeye Skills instead of creating his own shot. C.Bosh and G.Oden are the same only Oden now has the Tenacious Rebounder Skill. The bench is also largely unchanged. Depending on your difficulty just take the high percentage shot, quickly get back on defense and keep the game tempo down. Don't jack up shots. [Bulls on Parade] The Conference Semifinals - May 16, 2019 Game Goals: Be Rose's Thorn Shut down Derrick Rose. The idea is to make it difficult for Rose to have a big game if you want to complete the goal. Doubling up on him too much won't be a good idea since they have good mid-range shooters. Defending Rose too close might allow him to dribble close enough to put up a layup. Just stay in front of him and don't give him open lanes. The Bulls will mostly look to shoot inside and their post defense can be hard to get by. They're also a good rebounding team with Griffin and Noah in the front court. V.Oladipo is a menace with his signature skills so don't gamble with him, he has Lockdown Defender that neutralizes the skills of those he's guarding. Their bench has P.Siva with his defensive skills, J.Crawford with his outside scoring/defending and J.McGee for shot blocking. Again, pass the ball around and read the defense. B.Knight and L.James both have pick & roll skills so use them often when they're both on the floor. B.McLemore has Catch and Shoot/Deadeye skills, that combined with his excellent long range makes him deadly. C.Bosh most likely will get outplayed by B.Griffin so don't rely on him too much (at least I didn't). A.Aminu and G.Oden are better in the post than Bosh against the Bulls. From the bench, N.Cole is your best perimeter defender, A.Aminu a good post player and J.Jenkins a nice sub for McLemore. [Determining the Greatest] The Finals - June 22, 2020 Game Goal: Once and for All Go head-to-head with Kobe one last time and write history while out performing him. With what seems to be a trend these days, Kobe comes out of the sunlight and back into the spotlight to get that elusive 7th ring before LeBron. His game may have dipped a bit but K.Bryant can still score if you let him. S.Larkin is their PG and isn't really looking to take a shot other than a 3 ball. He also has good ball handling. D.Drakos is average offensively but defensively? 90+ across the board. No wonder he's a created player. He'll also drive to the hoop as opposed to taking a mid-range shot. J.Trice is another created player with made up stats. His most notable Skills include Shot Creator, Finisher and Lockdown Defender, practically making C.Bosh a joke. He tends to shoot from everywhere and dunk over anyone. The Center, E.Okoye is the final head of Cerberus and his Skills Eraser, Post Proficiency, Finisher, Defensive Anchor and Lockdown Defender will be tough to go against. He'll look to score inside all the time too. As for their bench J.Akognon and D.Lamb are outside threats with Akognon looking to take a shot more. He tends to shoot only the 3 though. The other players work more near the basket. So what to do in this unfair matchup? First just remember to not let Kobe take Top honors. The Heat roster remains unchanged so do as before and take advantage of each player's Skill. You must practically use every thing at your disposal: screens, pick and rolls, dribble drives and post moves. Always stay in front of those you're guarding and don't let them get easy looks. The Mavericks will try to cut to the basket so don't lose them and put a hand up using RStick. If E.Okoye gets the ball near the post double up on him and try to strip the ball away since his ball handling is poor. If you play smart, beating this made-up team won't be that difficult. ********************* * Fantastic Journey * ********************* [Run it Back] Regular Season - January 26, 2014 Game Goal: Big Night for the Big Three Put on a show with the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. In this rematch of the 2013 Finals the goal is for L.James, D.Wade and C.Bosh to all have a big scoring night. I suggest the default quarter length of 12 minutes in order to get 3 stars since any less won't be enough time. T.Parker and T.Duncan are the primary offensive threats since they tend to attempt the most shots. Parker will look to drive more or shoot mid- range shots. Duncan has the Post Proficiency Skill so he a lot of work in the post. Not only can he score down low he can also shoot from mid- range. But he tends to post more. D.Green and K.Leonard both have Corner Specialist Skills and are good defenders. Green tends to shoot the 3 and pass the ball out, while Leonard likes to drive to the basket and almost always contest the shot. T.Splitter tends to shoot close and excels in the pick & roll on the receiving end. Top bench players are M.Ginobili with his Pick & Roll Skill (tends to shoot the 3 and drive), M.Belinelli and M.Bonner who can also shoot the 3 which is actually his primary shot. For L.James and D.Wade make use of their Skills to get the advantage. Use LeBron's speed and Finisher Skill to get to the basket more than taking outside shots. If you aren't looking to drive with Wade he is good at creating space with his Shot Creator Skill. There is also his Pick & Roll Skill (hold B). For C.Bosh it's better to post up against Splitter instead of Duncan. Refer to the game manual or the Controls section of this faq for Post Moves. Off the bench you have R.Allen and S.Battier to pass out to the perimeter but you must make use of their Skills. [Lebron's on Point] Regular Season - February 5, 2014 Game Goal: Find Lebron's Inner Magic Get your teammates involved by racking up the assists, Magic Johnson style. LeBron finds himself at point and by now you should be comfortable with the timing (depending on your difficulty of course). Assuming your quarter length is adequate it shouldn't be hard to get assists. Doesn't mean LeBron should NOT score but at the times he won't, dish. C.Paul is guarding L.James and leading the Clipper charge, mostly driving if not shooting a mid-range stepback jumper. He'll always try a flashy/ alley-oop pass. J.J.Redick primarily likes to shoot behind the arc and has the Catch and Shoot Skill. M.Barnes is a hustler and won't really look to shoot that much otherwise he'd just go close or shoot the 3. B.Griffin somewhat has a slightly better shot mid-range than close but if he gets close enough well, in case you haven't seen already he'll rip the hoop apart. He tends to go near the basket and try to dunk either on his own or through an alley-oop. Key Skills are Finisher, Post Playmaker and Screen Outlet. D.Jordan is the other "must dunk" candidate as he seems to care about little else besides rebounding and blocking. Their bench has good outside shooter and not much insiders. J.Crawford (Catch and Shoot) leads the bench and will try anything offensively. In short the entire bench all can shoot from outside. Crazy. On the long run it can be tough not having any Point Guards off the bench especially when James takes a break. In order to get the assists your teammates have to score. Use the pick & roll and make sure Allen, Battier and R.Lewis shoot from the corners for a better shot. If you want to gamble try having Battier make use of his Charge Card Skill to get Griffin in foul trouble if he tends to drive. All of your Centers have Eraser Skills so time that jump to block. If the game gets close, keep an eye out for Paul and counter with Wade as they both have Closer Skills. [MVP Showdown] Regular Season - April 17, 2014 Game Goal: Tame the Mamba Dominate Kobe Bryant statistically in this game. If you played Heat Dynasty first you recall a similar situation where you have to beat Kobe [Kobe's Last Shot?]. This time you have to beat him in ALL categories so if he has 1 assist you'll need 2. Kobe doesn't have the super team that was dreamed up in Heat Dynasty but he's still Kobe. If you add up his Skills (Shot Creator, Deadeye, Closer, Heat Retention and Finisher) that's a one man army package. He tends to shoot from all over the floor and use his Triple Threat to set up his tendency to Pull Up. Otherwise he'll Post Up. S.Nash isn't as offensive minded as Kobe despite his above-average ratings, like how he's good from 3-point range but won't really look to shoot it. What he does tend to do is pass. With Flashy Passer, Dimer, Pick & Roll Maestro and Floor General Skills it'll be tough to beat him out. So yeah, he'll ALWAYS look to pass the ball. W.Johnson seems to be in for defense only. P.Gasol is proficient from the post and can receive in the pick & roll game. He doesn't seem to look to score much but if he does he tends to post up and shoot close. C.Kaman will look to score, if he ever gets the ball. Like Gasol he'll post up and is fairly good close. The Laker's bench have about 4 guards who can shoot outside with N.Young being the 6th Man. J.Hill is their best off the bench for post defense. Use LeBron's speed to beat out W.Johnson and drive to the hoop as much as you can for the easy points, or dish to those with Catch and Shoot skills like Chalmers, Allen or Battier if they're in the game. Remember to keep an eye out for Kobe. If Kobe guards Lebron you can still use speed for a slight advantage. The Lakers may be good offensively, but defensively they are close to the bottom (at least in the 2K rankings) so keep attacking and passing the ball around (but not carelessly of course). Be careful about having Wade guard Kobe closely because you risk having Wade in foul trouble. Don't forget to call for screens if you're being guarding aggressively. As long as you can keep the mistakes and turnovers down it's a win. [Solving the Answer] The Conference Finals - May 6, 2014 Game Goal: Iverson on Lockdown Take Allen Iverson out of the game by locking him down on D. Once upon a time there was seemingly no answer for The Answer in the 2001 NBA Finals between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Needing an Answer of their own they searched their basement and found Tyrone Lue gathering dust in the corner. They let him loose and like a hungry rat in search of his cheese sniffed Iverson all over the floor, out of the game, and out of the NBA Finals. After the Finals were over Iverson said he kept looking over his shoulder "to make sure Lue wasn't there". Or something like that. The Goal is for Iverson to score as little as possible, which may sound daunting once you take a look at his attributes. He literally shoots and drives at will unless you defend well. M.Carter-Williams is an average PG who'll mostly pass if not shooting at close range. When Iverson is on the floor they'll try to set him up to score. He tends to shoot mid-range and drive, but he can also try to score close if he is close enough. He is really good in laying the ball in too. His major Skills are Closer, Finisher, Ankle Breaker and Pick Pocket. E.Turner is the other scorer that despite being good outside will tend to look inside more. But it doesn't mean you should leave him open. Beware his Interceptor Skill. T.Young and N.Noel tend to score inside and like Turner have the Skill to intercept the ball. Noel is also a good rebounder and shot blocker. On the bench S.Hawes and J.Richardson are their best backups and can someone please tell me why Kwame Brown is still in the NBA? While keeping an eye on Iverson, take advantage of LeBron's speed to get past the defense. Iverson is the only one as fast as LeBron and he won't be guarding you so keep taking it to the rack. Of course you need to involve your team too so if the defense collapses dish it out. You can make it hard for Iverson by switching to LeBron to help out Wade since LeBron is fast enough to get back to his duties. If Wade is out keep LeBron or your fastest player on Iverson if he's in the game. C.Bosh can be useful in the post since the 76ers are below average in post defense. When your subs are in the game have the CPU guard Iverson and just help out with someone else if he starts to drive. Battier can try to sneak in a charge with his Charge Card Skill. U.Haslem should post up and dish out to Allen/Battier/Chalmers with their Catch and Shoot. So be patient and just go close more often than from the perimeter. [Three-Peat at Stake] The Finals - June 21, 2014 Game Goal: The Comeback Quickly take the lead in the 4th Quarter. As you play the first quarter LeBron will go down with an ankle injury and play will resume in the 4th quarter. You will find yourself down by almost 20 points hence the goal of taking the lead in the final quarter. In the 2K rankings the Thunder are second defensively or near the top of the list and their Skills show. R.Westbrook has Pick Pocket, Interceptor and Ankle Breaker for his defense. He tends to drive and shoot close more than anything. T.Sefolosha is a premier perimeter defender with Lockdown Defender and Active Hands Skills. He doesn't look to shoot much but when he does he'll look for the corner spot. K.Durant is very good offensively and will look to score closer to the basket making use of his Finisher Skill. He can shoot the 3 and tends to especially if left wide open. S.Ibaka is part of the reason for their high defense. He can really get those offensive rebounds with his Hustle Points SKill. He tends to shoot from close and mid-range but almost never the 3. K.Perkins is mostly in for defense and only shoots around the basket. He has high strength for his Brick Wall Skill. Their bench seem to have average players offensively except for maybe J.Lamb (Catch and Shoot). Defensively they are balanced. Besides Westbrook and Durant, every other starter is slow, even Sefolosha who is a SG so Wade shouldn't have any problem outlasting him. Even LeBron has an edge over Durant in speed so try to sustain a high tempo game. Since Perkins or Ibaka isn't looking to score much take control of Bosh or Haslem to double up on Durant or Westbrook when they get the ball especially on Westbrook who likes to drive but you must also keep an eye for any moves toward the basket by the open man. OKC may be good defensively, but only when you make errant passes or challenge them head-on. If you isolate make sure you protect the ball (Y) instead of exposing it. Keep the mistakes down, use your speed and you'll obtain the goal easily. [Can't Take the Heat] Opening Night - October 30, 2014 Game Goal: It's All About the Highlights Make highlight plays a premium to win over the crowd, fans, and media. In a "shocking" twist LeBron hauled his talents to New York by opting out of his contract. Chalmers followed LeBron out of Miami but changed his mind at the last second to distance himself from LeBron or got lost in New York traffic. Since you'll be versing your old team you should be familiar enough with them so I won't point out their roster except for D.Gallinari and B.Knight. Gallinari replaces James in the lineup and it only dropped them to 2nd in Offense (NYK being first). Gallinari tends to shoot and make the 3 if he's open, otherwise he'll try to lay it in. Knight can also shoot the 3 (though he tends to drive the ball more) and make flashy passes. He's also fast, quick and can handle the ball well. The Goal is to make as many Highlight plays as possible. And what better way than to make monster dunks? To make up for the lack of "star" power LeBron is 99 overall. R.Felton is good handling the ball, decent speed and good mid-range. Felton is a known Alley-Ooper and has that Skill to help achieve the Goal. J.R.Smith is speedy for a SG and like Felton can shoot the 3. He has the Highlight Film Skill so use his speed to drive in for a monster dunk (RT+X). Nene is about average at Center who's good at the Standing Layup and can dish from the post. K.Faried doesn't seem to shoot well so why is he 81 over all? He can really dunk (Highlight Film), rebound (Tenacious Rebounder, Scrapper) and is fast for a PF (Hustle Points). I suggest controlling Faried and James most of the time they're on the floor. On the bench you have M.World Peace (Bruiser, Active Hands, Pick Pocket), G.Green to play Alley-Oop with (Highlight Film), S.Telfair for defense, I.Shumpert for offense, A.Bargnani for the post and P.Prigioni for steals (Interceptor). This team is loaded with dunkers so whenever you get a fast break or a pick & roll toss it up for the hammer. [Passing of the Torch] Season Finale - April 17, 2015 Game Goal: Make History Surpass Kobe Bryant as the youngest player ever to reach 25,000 points. LeBron admitted that he never knew Kobe planned to WALK away from the game. Maybe he wanted him to FADE away? Get it? Fadeaway? (Just kidding) The Laker starters are essentially the same the last time you played them in [MVP Showdown] except they're better now defensively (from 28th to 9th in the 2015 2K rankings). Only their bench changed. Morris and Farmar are replaced with M.Beasley and a created player called F.Session. Beasley is about average who tends to shoot whenever he can and mostly up close. Session can only dunk now but his speed attributes are 90+. LeBron needs to score at least 30 points to surpass Kobe for the record. The play announcers will point it out when it happens. The Lakers may be improved defensively but W.Johnson is still on L.James so again use speed and his Finisher Skill to take it to the hole. When they start doubling pass it out to the open man. If N.Young is in the game make sure to keep him in check especially mid-range because he tends to shoot a lot. [8th is Enough] 1st Round - April 19, 2015 Game Goal: Win Win the game. There isn't a specific Goal this time, so obviously it's win or restart. Forgetting how they are in the actual 2014 NBA regular season, the Nets are statistically good offensively. D.Williams is 81+ anywhere on the floor and tends to work his way from outside and drive. He can throw accurate passes (Flashy Passer, Dimer), take defenders off the dribble (Ankle Breaker), create his own shots (Shot Creator) AND shoot off the catch (Catch and Shoot). He also touches the ball a lot and looks to score all the time. J.Johnson is almost the same as Williams, able to shoot and take shots anywhere but less inclined to dunk. He tends to shoot from the perimeter. P.Pierce is better close and from the 3 but not much in between. His Spin Layup is fairly high as he prefers to shoot closer to the basket. K.Garnett is very good close and mid-range. He tends to shoot evenly from those distances but less inclined to shoot than the other starters. His Skills are Post Playmaker and Defensive Anchor. And despite his speed he can really hustle for defensive rebounds. B.Lopez can and tends to shoot close and inside all the time. His Standing Layup and Step Through (Finisher) are way better than his dunks and he can block (Eraser) and get offensive rebounds. His post moves are very good (Post Proficiency) and even has the Anti-Freeze Skill! J.Terry is their 6th man who tends to shoot the 3 more but can also shoot close and mid-range while A.Blatche is their rebounder sub and tends to shoot the mid-range shot all the time. R.Evan is a mad rebounder with his Tenacious Rebounder and Scrapper Skills. You'll need to defend well in this game, as the Nets can make almost every open shot they take so you'll need a total team effort to get the win. Space the floor and use screens with LeBron's speed to drive to the basket with his Finisher Skill. When they double pass the ball quickly. Try using Faried to block passing lanes or for double teaming since he's fairly fast. If you want to limit Lopez have Nene back him down since Lopez is not as strong as Nene. Pump fake to draw the foul because Lopez can block. I'd say it's best to work inside and pass outside since Felton Smith and Shumpert are fairly good mid-range shooters. Be wary of Evans when he's on the floor because if Nene or Faried isn't in the game he's just going to get every miss they make so put a body on him. The game could be close but as long as you attack their weaknesses winning won't be hard. [Enter King John] Conference Semis - May 6, 2015 Game Goal: Claim the Throne Outperform John Trice and prove LeBron to be the real King of the NBA. Here the journey starts to get bizarre with the revealing of John Trice. Like Lebron, he's the number one pick and like LeBron, they were both selected by Cleveland. And again like LeBron, they were nicknamed "King" only Trice literally proclaimed himself "King" and personally jabs at LeBron. K.Irving is at Point and rather good offensively but tends to drive or shoot close (Finisher). D.Waiters would rather drive is good defensively in the perimeter. J.Trice is the imaginary villain who's 9 points lower than LeBron overall. So what's so great about his guy? He's nearly good close (Finisher), can REALLY dunk (Posterizer) and create his own shot (Shot Creator). He gets the ball often too. A.Varejao is a tough defender around the basket(Bruiser, Post Playmaker) as well as a good rebounder (Tenacious Rebounder, Scrapper). He'll only attempt shots inside mostly after a miss. A.Bynum is their post presence and he does fairly well (Bruiser, Brick Wall, Post Proficiency). On the bench J.Jack finds more time on the floor and tends to score close. A.Bennett is more offensive than defensive minded. Trice will always look to score when he's on the floor, and if you're after the Goal you can have the CPU guard him while you control another player like Faried or Smith to double only don't stray to far from the basket. You're better off having Trice on the perimeter than up close so if he does get past LeBron you can stop him before he gets any closer. You won't have an easy time head-on with Trice but you're free to try anyway. Set up plays for LeBron to post up to clear some space around so you can move freely. If James isn't on the floor let Nene pass it out to perimeter shooters that the Knicks have plenty of. Defense is the key in this game. Don't force shots especially early in the shot clock. If you're patient getting and keeping a lead won't be that hard. Remember to put a body on Trice once he starts attacking as sometimes he'll force it and lose the ball. If the game is close Irving and Trice have Closer Skills, and they'll start using full court pressure. If you can get away with it use your speed with James or Smith to peel away from your defenders and head straight for the basket. [Battle for the Ages] Conference Finals - May 19, 2015 Game Goal: Alpha Dog Battle Show Dwyane Wade that LeBron is still the top dog. This a rematch of opening night when you were suppose to abuse the rim but this time it's personal. The Heat are virtually the same team as in [Can't take the Heat] but the Goal now is to outplay D.Wade. In case you forgot about Wade he tends to shoot everywhere except the 3. His Skills are Shot Creator, Interceptor, Closer, Deadeye and Pick & Roll Maestro. He'll touch the ball a lot so like Trice when he starts getting close put someone in front of him like James or Faried. Gallinari still tends to shoot from outside so watch out for him. Defensively he's not too good against LeBron so attack the basket often. Play sound defense and don't throw the ball away so easily. [Getting Clipped] The Finals - June 21, 2015 Game Goal: Play Smart Basketball Have an efficient game with LeBron and keep his mistakes to a minimum. C.Paul tends to drive instead of shoot and complements his offense with Skills such as Dimer, Floor General and Pick & Roll Maestro. J.J.Redick will look to shoot the 3 if open, even more off a catch with his Skill Catch and Shoot. M.Barnes is a good perimeter defender so don't think screens will work against him with his Pick Dodger Skill. B.Griffin is a post monster (Posterizer, Highlight Film, Finisher, Post Playmaker) and good receiver (Screen Outlet). D.Jordan is another dunker (Posterizer) and is a good defender (Eraser) and a seemingly automatic scorer inside. J.Crawford is the bench threat that's always looking to score followed by Z.Randolph with his Post Proficiency Skill. The Goal is for LeBron to have as little miscues as possible. The main culprit is Paul who is an absolute thief (Pick Pocket) so if LeBron has the ball protect it (Y) and you're better off missing a shot than to pass at the last second. Those guarding James aren't that fast so use speed to get around them. Don't give Griffin or Jordan a clear path as Paul will try to the Alley-Oop pass. Remember to help out on Paul once he starts attacking. If you post up with James they might double up on him so pass it out quickly or risk getting a turnover. Once Crawford is on the floor he's looking to score so focus on him. The key to winning is taking care of the ball so do that, with good shot selections this game is in the bag. [The New Big Three] Opening Night - October 30, 2015 Game Goal: LBJ, CP3, D-12 - FTW Put the rest of the league on notice that the new Big Three mean business. Looks like Paul had no hard feelings against James after losing to him in the Finals. R.Rondo is below average when it comes to shooting but driving and ball handling he is not. His ability to take it to the basket far outweigh his shooting skills. There is also his defense (Pick Pocket) and passing (Flashy Passer). A.Bradley can shoot the ball better but doesn't tend to that much. He is a Lockdown Defender with Active Hands and gets by the screes with Pick Dodger. J.Green is their 3 point threat while J.Sullinger and A.Varejao protect the post. R.Stuckey is their driving force off the bench followed by K.Olynyk who can shoot close and mid- range. J.Crawford likes to shoot a lot like the other J.Crawford, if you know what I mean. The Goal is for Howard, Paul and James to have a big game statistically. That means Paul is suppose to have a lot of assists, James has to have his and Howard must be a defensive presence. Your quarter length has to be higher than 6 if you want a better shot at reaching the goal. Besides the additions of Paul and Howard, Felton, Smith and Nene are gone, H.Warrick and B.Gordon are in. Rondo will control the ball most of the time he's on the floor so control another player to double team him when he starts to drive since he's looking to score close. Paul should drive and use the Pick & Roll. For Howard, call a play for him to Post Up or send him to cut to the basket even make an Alley-Oop pass if you can. LeBron shouldn't have any problems with Green guarding him. Off the bench B.Gordon can shoot mid- range and the 3. The Celtics are a good rebounding team so make sure you put a body on them when a shot goes up to prevent them from getting the rebound or even the putback. [Quest for 73] Season Finale - April 17, 2016 Game Goal: Be Like Mike Have LeBron put up an MJ-like performance in front of His Airness. And just like that the Bobcats are 3rd overall. T.Lawson tends to drive and shoot inside (Finisher) despite being a good shooter, and very fast. W.Ellington is a mid-range specialist. M.Kidd-Gilchrist tends to shoot close and drive like Lawson, and like LeBron at SF is very fast. He's known to go after loose balls (Scrapper), a good defender (Lockdown Defender) and good against screens (Pick Dodger). C.Zeller and A.Jefferson are post players (Post Proficiency) who're good around the rim. Role players are V.Carter, R.Sessions (Finisher), A.Jamison, B.Biyombo (Eraser) and A.Oliver (Shot Creator). You'll be setting up James to get the Goal so either control James or set plays for him to get into position. Gillchrist is just as fast as James plus he has Scrapper Skill so don't force the one-on-one with him. Paul is good tossing the Alley-Oop so watch for cutters especially in fast breaks. The Bobcats have decent players off the bench so when your subs are in, play smart and don't leave them open since they can really shoot from mid-range. [When Big Threes Collide] Conference Finals - May 19, 2016 Game Goal: The Best Big Three Prove to the Bulls that the better Big Three is in New York and not Chicago. This season just gets better. The Knicks get bumped to 2nd overall with the Bulls taking the top spot. Something fishy must've went down to assemble this kind of lineup, though the same could be said for the Knicks lol. D.Rose is better close and on the drive and tends to go that way on the offense (Finisher). There's D.Wade and his rank may have dipped a bit but he is still capable. He usually creates his own shots (Shot Creator) when he's not looking to drive. C.Anthony is like Wade that he can shoot any where but not so much from beyond the arc. Unlike Wade he has the Skill Finisher but tends to shoot mid-range jumpers. K.Garnett tends to shoot mid-range and set plays from the post (Post Playmaker). J.Noah won't look to score that often but defensively he can be brutal (Scrapper, Bruiser, Tenacious Rebounder, Defensive Anchor). J.Butler is the Lockdown Defender off the bench and K.Korver is dangerous from the arc (Corner Specialist, Catch and Shoot), W.Bynum tends to drive (Finisher) and T.Gibson is the Lockdown Defender at PF. The Goal is for your Big 3 to outperform their Big 3. Rose, Wade and Anthony will be doing the scoring often. When Rose has the ball control another player to block the lane. Wade will either drive or shoot mid- range so if he does get past you quickly swith to another defender. Anthony is in a tighter spot since LeBron will be guarding him. Howard is much stronger than Noah so don't waste his presence out there and have him Post Up. The same goes for Faried. When the subs are on the floor keep Bynum from driving and keep Korver out of the corners and do not leave him open. [The LeBron Stopper] NBA Finals - June 21, 2016 Game Goal: Dominate the LeBron Stopper Fill up the stat sheet with LeBron James. Maybe we should just let the 2011 Finals go, you know? Drakos is the ghost of Nowitzki sent to haunt LeBron in the NBA Finals again. What makes this guy so "terrifying"? Well like any created player his defense is HIGH. But that's it. He can't shoot that well and tends to drive the ball. His ball handling is poor too. D.Williams is mostly the same when he was in the Nets. He still tends to drive the ball or shoot the 3. He also retains his passing Skill Flashy Passer. M.Ellis is always looking to score and shoots mid-range often followed by the drive. Like Drakos he has the Interceptor Skill. C.Bosh can still shoot the ball (mostly from mid-range then close) and B.Wright is their shot blocker and rebounder. J.R.Smith is their 6th Man (tends to shoot the 3) who you should be familiar with. S.Larkin can shoot the 3 and excels at the Pick and Roll. For the Goal LeBron needs to score, get assists and rebound. To get past Drakos be sure to protect the ball first with Y, then use your speed to spin around Drakos (Rotate RS from Ball hand behind back) and drive to the hoop and possibly draw a foul. For assists post up with LeBron and pass out when they start to double team. If you can't get rebounds when you control LeBron control other players to keep Dallas off the glass and let James get the ball if he's near the basket. Of course different things can happen but as long as you don't force it, scoring against Drakos won't be that difficult. Williams and Ellis will look to score often so keep them at bay by sealing the key with another player like Faried or Howard. Force them to take outside shots that should be contested. Their weakness is the post so attack it with Faried or Howard with their strength. When they start doing a full court press just run with it. I know, it looks too easy but oh well. [Return of the Mamba] Opening Night - October 30, 2016 Game Goal: Dynamic Duo Lights up Hollywood Put on a "Showtime"-like performance with Kobe and LeBron in the L.A. spotlight. Sure, why not? K.Walker mostly drives the ball and shoot the mid-range jumper. He's fairly fast with good ball handling. He's also adept at stealing the ball (Pick Pocket) and creating his own shot (Shot Creator). A.Afflalo can score (Corner Specialist) but he won't force it. K.Leonard has good defensive Skills (Active Hands, Interceptor, Lockdown Defender) and can shoot the ball fairly well but tends to drive instead. P.Gasol is better off near the basket with his Post Playmaker Skill. J.Hill is a rebounder specialist (Tenacious Rebounder, Scrapper) but can only score close. J.Crawford can still shoot the mid-range jumper (Catch and Shoot) and is the 6th Man. S.Blake and J.Meeks both can shoot outside too (Catch and Shoot). The Goal is for this to be a high scoring affair for the Knicks with the addition of K.Bryant at the wing. Kobe, LeBron and Paul are good with the mid-range jumper and can all take it to the basket with their ball handling skills. Any of them can pass the ball with ease for the assist. There was some changes in the Knicks. Gone is Howard who probably didn't like his role and in is B.Biyombo who's mainly in for defense (Eraser). K.Faried is back and he's as good as ever. The bench has S.Novak who can shoot the 3 (Catch and Shoot, Corner Specialist) and V.Carter if anyone else can't score. M.Harkless is fast and a good defender (Interceptor, Scrapper) at the forward. You can control the Lakers by controlling the boards. The Knicks can run the ball after getting a rebound so keep Hill and Gasol away from the basket. Walker and Gasol will mostly shoot the ball if Crawford isn't around. Scoring against these guys shouldn't be a problem in the end. [The Facilitator] Regular Season - January 24, 2017 Game Goal: To Dish is to Receive Make an impact with LeBron by getting his teammates involved in the game. See? LeBron isn't selfish at all. R.Rondo is like before always looking to drive. A.Bradley tends to drive and shoot mid-range. He is also a good defender (Lockdown Defender, Pick Dodger, Active Hands). J.Green is about average but despite shooting well on the floor (Catch and Shoot, Corner Specialist) tends to drive often. J.Sullinger tends to shoot close but can shoot outside. On defense he is strong (Bruiser, Tenacious Rebounder, Hustle Points). A.Varejao is the same relentless rebounder as before. R.Stuckey leads the bench with his Finisher Skill. Besides J.Thompson the rest of their bench can shoot outside. The Goal is for LeBron to have as many assists as possible. He can score occasionally but the focus should be on his teammates. You can either get those in transition, drive and dish or post up and pass the ball out. Not much to say as far as scoring against the Celtics but you can really pull away if you defend well and rebound. Block the passing and driving lanes to force them into taking outside shots and contest them of course. [A Temporary Truce with Trice] All-Star Game - February 17, 2017 Game Goal: Best of the Best Win the All-Star MVP with LeBron. Simply have LeBron be Top Player to get the MVP. [The One True King] Season Finale - April 17, 2017 Game Goal: There can only be One Outscore John Trice with LeBron and win the scoring title. If they be Kings then who be servants? K.Irving can shoot from anywhere on the floor but tends to shoot closer to the basket. His Offensive Skills are Finisher, Shot Creator and Closer. D.Waiters seems like a mixed bag as he tends to try anything. Then there is Villain #1 J.Trice, who can shoot well and tends to score often. His defense is high (Lockdown Defender) on the perimeter and will not hesitate to steal the ball. A.Bennet can score inside and out but tends to shoot close. He won't think twice about dunking (Posterizer). T.Chandler is the Defensive Anchor at center. Doesn't tend to shoot unless he's under the basket. His rebounding and hustle are very high. T.Thompson is the 6th Man who does inside scoring and is a Tenacious Rebounder. What you'd want to do is keep Trice from having a big scoring night, which he can easily have if you let him be. Let the CPU guard Trice while you control a player to block the lanes. Even if other players end up scoring the idea is to prevent Trice from scoring so you can get the Goal. If you let Trice have his way he WILL heat up with his Microwave Skill. Control the boards and don't make errant passes that will allow them to easily score. For LeBron either run screens or have him post up to spin and drive to the basket. Don't have LeBron force shots remember you also have Bryant and Paul to score the ball when they start doubling on LeBron. [Rally the Troops] 1st Round - April 29, 2017 Game Goal: Never Give Up Make a run and overcome the deficit. You begin the 4th quarter down by 15 and the Goal is to overcome that and win the game. J.Wall tends to drive and shoot mid-range but mostly drive (Finisher). He passes well (Dimer) and can steal the ball (Interceptor). B.Beal is the speedy guard who can shoot and drive the ball (Catch and Shoot, Corner Specialist, Shot Creator, Deadeye). O.Porter tends to shoot mid-range and isn't looking to rebound. D.Favors and E.Okafor are both good at close shots and tearing down the rebounds as well as shot blocking. T.Parker is the 6th Man and he's always looking to drive the ball. Assuming your quarter length is long enough getting back into this lead won't be a problem IF you play properly. Lazy passes will automatically get intercepted and post plays can be disrupted by this team so you'll have to be patient with the ball. When you post up or protect the ball they will always attempt to reach-in. Defense will largely determine the outcome so keep Okafor and Favors away from the basket and when Wall, Parker or Beal starts to drive you have to help out defensively by switching to the nearest player if they get past you. If Parker or Wall are in the game they tend to hold the ball most of the time. Offense wise LeBron could isolate against Porter and use speed to get around him with the spin. They will most likely double so if they do pass it out but be careful that they don't intercept it. Paul and James can shoot the 3 if they're open, but don't rely on them too much as the long rebound will usually result in a fast break. Your primary offense usually starts from Paul or James then Kobe. Having Faried post up can be problematic with Favors and Okafor in the way. And to be safe go for a layup instead of the flashy dunk because Porter has the Chasedown Artist Skill. As long as you're patient, sending the Wizards packing won't be that difficult. [Down but not Out] Conference Semis - May 18, 2017 Game Goal: Flue Game Redux Burn up the stat sheet with LeBron despite him not feeling so hot. M.Chalmers tends to shoot the 3 and drive the ball. He shoots better close and far away. T.Ross tends to mix his shot selections and prefers to drive (Highlight Film). L.Deng is the defensive specialist (Lockdown Defender) and tends to shoot mid-range (Catch and Shoot). G.Munroe tends to shoot close only and can actually drive the ball (Finisher). A.Drummond also tends to shoot close exclusively especially when it's a dunk. Defensively he has the Tenacious Rebounder, Eraser, Hustle Points and Defensive Anchor Skills. He tends to foul a lot though. K.Caldwell- Pope off the bench is an excellent 3 point shooter (Deadeye) but below average defensively on the perimeter. C.Kaman is their post player in place of Drummond. J.Richardson is the other 3 point threat and he'll mostly shoot those. LeBron isn't feeling well and as a penalty his ratings take a hit and loses most of his Skills save for Dimer. This motivates Kobe and the front court so they receive a modest boost. The Goal is to fill the stat sheet with assists, rebounds and points. The rebounds might be hard to come by but it isn't impossible, just random. Use LeBron's Dimer Skill to pass the ball out to Paul and Bryant either after a drive or sending them to cut. You can also set up plays for them. I wouldn't recommend driving with LeBron since he doesn't have his Finisher Skill. James is slightly stronger than Deng so back him down and use Post Fadeaways close to the basket. The Pistons will mostly look to Munroe to start something with Chalmers holding the ball often when he's in. You can control Faried to keep Munroe away from the basket since Faried is much stronger. When it comes to the bench the Pistons have the edge with Caldwell and Richardson who can shoot outside and Kaman who can score inside so it can be an uphill battle so the best you can do is force them into outside shots but that might lead into long rebounds which can be a pain when Munroe and Drummonds are in. [Ringless Recruits] Regular Season - November 29, 2017 Game Goal: Another Big Three Battle Outperform the Big Three of Rose, Anthony, and Davis with the Big Three of James, Smith and Aldridge. So you end up losing in the Conference Finals, thus ensuring Kobe would not get a 6th ring before LeBron does. Instead, Trice gets his first. The new season continues against the Bulls and you're back home with the Cavs who won the Championship with Trice only to have him bolt to LA once he heard LeBron wanted his locker back. D.Rose tends to shoot close and drive (Finisher), handle the ball well (Floor General, Dimer, Pick & Roll Maestro) and good defensively. J.Butler tends to drive the ball and is a Lockdown Defender. C.Anthony you know of course can post up, shoot mid-range and beyond the arc with his Finisher, Shot Creator and Deadeye Skills. He tends to shoot from mid-range down to the basket. A.Davis tends to shoot close to the basket and is rather good defensively (Eraser, Finisher, Hustle Points, Defensive Anchor, Chasedown Artist). J.Noah specializes on defense with his Scrapper, Bruiser, Tenacious Rebounder and Defensive Anchor Skills. J.Crawford again leads their bench and though his shot tendency went down it's still high. T.Gibson and J.McGee are their post players off the bench. The Goal is for your new Big Three to outperform theirs. You can easily win if you play to their strengths. LeBron can post up and use his speed, J.Smith can shoot well mid-range and is fairly fast at PF. L.Aldridge is very good in the post with his Finisher, Post Playmaker, Post Proficiency and Screen Outlet Skills. You can always use the Pick & Roll with Smith and Aldridge. There are also a lot of good shooters to pass out to like D.Waiters, A.Afflalo and K.Irving. Defensively you'll want to keep Noah and Davis away from the basket so control either Aldridge or Smith to keep them in check but watch out for Anthony and Rose who will look to drive. If the game is close Anthony and Rose have Closer Skills while you have Irving for that. [Quest for 34] Regular Season - April 4, 2018 Game Goal: Trice as Nice Put on a show with LeBron against John Trice and make him eat his words. Lightning strikes Trice. Great now it's infecting me too. K.Walker tends to shoot mid-range besides the drive (Finisher). On the defensive end he can steal the ball (Pick Pocket) and draw the charge (Charge Card). D.Derozan is the speedy guard who can shoot and really dunk (Finisher, Highlight Film). He tends to shoot close to mid-range if he can't drive the ball. There is of course J.Trice who leads the class of 99. A Lockdown Defender, he tends to shoot everywhere while hogging the ball. K.Love fairs better on the perimeter though he will tend to shoot near the basket (Finisher) if not open on the 3. He is a maxed out rebounder (Tenacious Defender) that can start a fast break with his Break Starter Skill. J.Hill is also a strong rebounder (Tenacious Rebounder) who can score under the basket. P.Gasol leads a ridiculous bench that includes K.Leonard (Lockdown Defender, Corner Specialist), R.Anderson (Catch and Shoot), D.West (Post Proficiency, Bruiser) and D.Green (Catch and Shoot, Corner Specialist). You'll have to rely on your Big Three to score and for the Goal LeBron has to perform well while preventing Trice from getting his. As before keep Trice back and stop him from driving to the basket. With his Micro- wave Skill he can heat up in a hurry. J.Smith has the advantage over Love with his ball handling and speed so post up with Smith instead of taking the mid-range jumper often. Aldridge too should post up if you can't get through with LeBron. Don't forget Irving and Waiters can shoot from the perimeter so pass when it gets crowded. When both teams send their bench to the floor stay close to Anderson and Leonard on the peri- meter and let the CPU handle the post with Gasol. You should not let those two have open looks. If you can't score at least defend until the starters get back into the game. [Scoring Title Assist] Season Finale - April 17, 2018 Game Goal: Put Harden on Lockdown D-Up James Harden with LeBron and prevent him from winning the scoring title. K.Irving is out of the lineup and for him to get the scoring title, all LeBron has to do is prevent Harden from scoring 31 points or else the title will belong to the Bearded One. J.Lin tends to shoot close and drive the ball. His defensive Skills are Scrapper and Interceptor. He also excels with the Pick & Roll. W.Matthews tends to shoot the 3 which he is good at especially at the corner with his Corner Specialist Skill. And there is J.Harden who's lust to shoot the ball from anywhere is ridiculous. His defense comes to a surprise as here he is good (Active Hands). J.Green can also score the ball from close range but will shoot the 3 if open (Corner Specialist, Catch and Shoot). O.Asik vowed to never shoot the ball unless it's under the basket. He can really pull those rebounds (Tenacious Rebounder) and can give opponents headaches with his Brick Wall Skill. P.Beverely leads the bench with his speed, driving ability and will to rebound (Tenacious Rebounder, Scrapper). Control LeBron to be all over Harden to prevent him from running wild even if other players score. The Rockets like to shoot the 3 so don't think they won't try it AND make it so if Harden gives it up switch to be near the open man. They will also screen often for Harden. Your secret weapon in this game is Waiters because of his Microwave Skill. Aldridge can handle himself in the post and Smith should post up on Green. Scoring and winning won't be a problem just keep up with Harden for the Goal. [LeBron VS. The Giant] Conference Finals - June 2, 2018 Game Goal: Big Man on Celtics Outplay Ekon Okoye and show that LeBron can score and board with the best of the NBA's bigs. R.Rondo is still looking to drive the ball, A.Bradley tends to also drive and shoot mid-range then there's C.Parsons who can shoot beyond the arc (Corner Specialist, Catch and Shoot, Deadeye). J.Sullinger shoots close and has Bruiser, Tenacious Rebounder, Hustle Points and Break Starter Skills. E.Okoye is a made-up player created specifically for the post. He only shoots close and his Skills are Eraser, Post Proficiency, Finisher, Defensive Anchor and Lockdown Defender. Wow. Main players off the bench are R.Stuckey who tends to drive (Finisher) and A.Varejao who's a good rebounder (Bruiser, Post Playmaker). The Goal is to mimic Magic Johnson and beat the Celtics with LeBron playing Center against "The Giant". Two things LeBron has over Okoye in the post is speed and ball handling but even so it's not bulletproof. The gameplan is to have LeBron post up often and try to score past Okoye. You have to use Post Shots (Hook, Fades, Step Throughs) to get points toward the Goal. You will notice that LeBron now has the Post Proficiency Skill. If LeBron gets double teamed then pass it out and if the defender is late to get back then shoot the ball otherwise send it back to LeBron and make your move again. Waiters, Irving and Afflalo can shoot outside if James has to pass it out. Going up against Okoye brings the chance that he'd foul LeBron and maybe get into foul trouble. Besides Okoye, the other players you'll want to also keep an eye on are Parsons, Bradley and Stuckey off the bench who will look to shoot and drive the ball. If LeBron misses the shot in the post, the Celtics have a high chance for fast break points so getting back on defense takes more priority than an offensive rebound. [Kings Square Off] The Finals - June 6, 2018 Game Goals: Still the King Show King John that LeBron still reigns supreme in the NBA. The Lakers are the same when you played them in [Quest for 34] so here is the copy and paste: K.Walker tends to shoot mid-range besides the drive (Finisher). On the defensive end he can steal the ball (Pick Pocket) and draw the charge (Charge Card). D.Derozan is the speedy guard who can shoot and really dunk (Finisher, Highlight Film). He tends to shoot close to mid-range if he can't drive the ball. There is of course J.Trice who leads the class of 99. A Lockdown Defender, he tends to shoot everywhere while hogging the ball. K.Love fairs better on the perimeter though he will tend to shoot near the basket (Finisher) if not open on the 3. He is a maxed out rebounder (Tenacious Defender) that can start a fast break with his Break Starter Skill. J.Hill is also a strong rebounder (Tenacious Rebounder) who can score under the basket. P.Gasol leads a ridiculous bench that includes K.Leonard (Lockdown Defender, Corner Specialist), R.Anderson (Catch and Shoot), D.West (Bruiser) and D.Green (Catch and Shoot, Corner Specialist). Just like in [Quest for 34] you have to outplay Trice so do as you've always done so far to win. Either you control LeBron to guard Trice or use Smith or Aldridge as a fallback to prevent Trice from scoring if he does get past LeBron. Even if it is LeBron VS Trice you don't want to force it so lean on your teammates when you have to. When your bench is on the floor it's probably best to work inside than to rely on the out- side shot so use Pick & Rolls to get to the basket. Bennett would be your best all around player off the bench. Just be patient and you're sure to win. [Return of The Flash] Regular Season - November 21, 2018 Game Goal: D-Wade's Game Help Dwyane Wade to dominate and win Player of the Game. Despite snapping the Lakers Playoffs win streak, the Lakers still won the Championship but at least you didn't let the Lakers be the first team EVER to sweep the Playoffs, right? Trice still wants LeBron to quit, but instead of retiring he brings yet another player out from it. Wade is the latest victim to fall under the influence of James and "All of the Lights". M.Carter-Williams still likes to drive the ball and pass the ball around (Dimer). D.Traiters - I mean Waiters, takes his talents to Philly and he can shoot the ball and lay the ball in (Shot Creator). E.Turner tends to shoot close. M.Morris can shoot close too but can also shoot the 3. N.Noels can't shoot but he can dunk and rebound and is very defensive minded (Eraser, Defensive Anchor). Don't be surprised but he is quite fast (Chasedown Artist). T.Evans is their weapon off the bench and he tends to shoot close and drive (Finisher). They also have D.Lee (Post Playmaker) and K.Lowry (Charge Card, Alley-Ooper). Wade loses some of his Skills leaving him with only Pick & Roll Maestro. Use that with Wade to get assists toward the Goal. For scoring have Wade get to the basket then use Runners and Layups, maybe even draw the foul. His shots inside have a better percentage than outside so keep that in mind. K.Irving is your best 3 point shooter, and the bench is much improved with J.Lamb, J.Smith and T.Chandler. You'll need to keep Noel and Morris in check because they can sneak in for the offensive rebounds and putback. Rebounds will be the key here because all that good defense can be wasted if you don't get the rebound. [In LeBron we Trust] Regular Season - December 2, 2018 Game Goal: Everyone Jump on My Back Put the team on LeBron's back and have a scoring performance for the ages. R.Rubio tends to drive the ball and his Skills are Charge Card, Flashy Passer, Dimer, Pick Pocket and Interceptor. His ball handling and steals attributes are quite high. V.Oladipo drives and shoots close (Finisher), can strip the ball (Active Hands) and is a speedy defender (Lockdown Defender, Scrapper). He's also a good dunker. T.Harris is average with his mid-range shot and tends to shoot close. A.Nicholson is a post player (Post Proficiency) who tends to shoot close also but can shoot mid-range. And N.Vucevic like everyone else shoots close and is a good rebounder with Tenacious Rebounder and Hustle Points Skills. N.Robinson is off the bench and can heat up if left uncheck (Microwave). He tends to drive and shoot the 3. G.Davis (Charge Card, Brick Wall, Bruiser), D.Lamb (Catch and Shoot, Microwave) and C.Boozer also line the bench. The Goal is for LeBron's teammates to set him up for a scoring fiesta. You can score with other players if you have to but for Goal you'll need to keep assisting James. With Irving use D-Pad Right to direct LeBron. LeBron can have Aldridge Post Up and get the ball back for an assist. In fast breaks LeBron should be on the receiving end. Rubio won't be looking to score opting to pass instead. Although Oladipo, Harris and Nicholson have similar range attributes Oladipo is the much bigger threat with his speed so you might use Wade to stay on him. The Magic thrive on the fast break so don't make errant passes. [LeBron Unleashed] Regular Season - January 8, 2019 Game Goal: It's all about the Highlights Make highlight plays a premium to win over the crowd, fans and media. S.Curry is a deadshot from long range and tends to shoot from there (Shot Creator, Heat Retention, Catch and Shoot, Microwave). K.Thompson is another perimeter shooter (Catch and Shoot, Corner Specialist, Micro- wave) who tends to shoot the mid-range jumper and the 3. H.Barnes is another who can shoot outside and dunk (Posterizer). J.Henson tends to shoot close but can block and rebound well (Tenacious Rebounder). M. Leonard tends to shoot under the basket or close. J.Lin (Scrapper, Pick & Roll Maestro, Interceptor, Break Starter) and D.Nowitzki (Catch and Shoot, Deadeye) are the primary players off the bench. Lin tends to drive the ball or shoot close with runners. Nowitzki tends to shoot close or mid-range and can shoot the 3. The Goal requires highlights to be made so LeBron now has power Skills like Highlight Film, Posterizer, and Eraser. Every possession doesn't have to be a dunk but you'll need to keep an eye out for opportunities. In Fast Breaks LeBron has the One Man Fastbreak Skill to take it to the basket. In transition LeBron can Stutter Step past defenders. You don't want to stress it though so have your teammates get some shots in. Curry will control the ball often so you might want to control LeBron to guard Barnes most of the time or control Wade if Thompson is the one getting loose. Lin and Nowitzki are their bench players to look out for when they're on the floor. Lin will look to drive if he's not passing. [Don't call it a Comeback] 1st Round - May 4, 2019 Game Goal: King on D Shut down Chandler Parsons and prove LeBron can get it done even when playing hurt. R.Rondo cut back on his tendencies a little but he's still dangerous close and defensively (Pick Pocket). A.Bradley can shoot mid-range and is a Lockdown Defender with Active Hands. C.Parsons tends to shoot mid- range and from beyond (Corner Specialist, Catch and Shoot, Deadeye) if he isn't looking to drive. J.Sullinger can shoot and rebounds better (Hustle Points, Bruiser, Tenacious Rebounder). He tends to shoot close. E.Okoye upped his game this time around, now he can score a little from mid-range but he'll always stay close. He has all the Center Skills like Eraser, Post Proficiency, Finisher, Defensive Anchor AND Lockdown Defender. Ugh. R.Stuckey (Finisher) leads the bench and tends to drive then shoot close. Then there's A.Varejao with his defense (Bruiser). K.Olynyk shoots close and mid-range, even the 3 pointer though he tends to look less for that. He also has Post Proficiency. It's up to LeBron to shutdown Parsons if you want the Goal. LeBron only has Catch and Shoot, Dimer and Post Playmaker Skills so defense comes first over offense. You can try an inside-outside kind of play where White posts up and work his way to the basket and pass it out if they start to double team. He has Dimer and Flash Passer Skills so he won't get caught easily. Irving, Wade and White should be your primary scorers without LeBron and Aldridge having to create their own shots. Whenever Parsons is on the floor you have to prevent him from getting open looks. Control LeBron to guard him on the perimeter but if he managed to get close switch to White or Aldridge to pressure him. Try to minimize turnovers and on their missed shots get that fast break points. [Walk the Walk] Conference Finals - June 2, 2019 Game Goals: Paul who? Make Paul George a non-factor on offense in this deciding game. M.Conley tends to drive and shoot close. Defensively he can really steal the ball (Pick Pocket, Interceptor) and can direct his team (Floor General). He can shoot anywhere including the 3. O.Johnson can shoot mid- range and the 3 and tends to (Catch and Shoot). He also drives the ball on occasion. P.George automatically shoots from any range and even drives the ball when he can. He has Lockdown Defender, Interceptor and Active Hands Skills. E.Davis is primarily defense with his blocks (Eraser) but can shoot close when given the chance. R.Hibbert can also score close and defends the post well (Hustle Points, Eraser, Defensive Anchor). G.Hill off the bench has range and speed, T.Hansbrough can rebound (Scrapper, Bruiser, Hustle Points) and L.Stephenson tends to drive the ball. LeBron is still hurt so like Parsons, George must bow to the King, which he won't do if you don't guard him. This assignment may be harder but it's doable. To save LeBron's energy you should let the rest of the team create their own shots. LeBron has to mostly concentrate on the defensive end. You can control White to help James on defense if George decides to drive the ball. Don't force shots that will allow the Pacers to score easily on the fast break. Just keep pressuring George to take all the shots while you build a lead enough for the bench to sustain. [Will to Win] The Finals - June 21, 2019 Game Goal: Win Win the game R.Westbrook tends to drive and shoot close but can shoot virtually any where on the floor (Finisher). His defensive Skills are Pick Pocket, Interceptor and on offense he uses Ankle Breaker and One Man Fastbreak. G.Hayward tends to shoot mid-range (Catch and Shoot) and drive. He's also good close to the hoop. K.Durant tends to shoot close but can pullup from any spot on the floor (Deadeye, Shot Creator, Finisher). S.Ibaka also tends to shoot up close. He can block (Eraser) and get offensive rebounds with his Hustle Points Skill. He also has Defensive Anchor. M.Gortat just shoots near the basket and could make the mid-range shot. He can crash the boards and receive in the Pick & Roll game (Screen Outlet). The 6th Man off the bench is B.Jennings who can shoot the 3 and drive. He tends to shoot outside and can lay the ball in. J.J.Redick can also shoot the 3 and tends to do just that (Catch and Shoot). LeBron is still hurting but that doesn't drop your team's motivation. If you want to score with LeBron have him post up on Durant because LeBron is stronger than Durant. When they start to catch on pass it out to Irving or Wade for the drive or open shot. Aldridge can also have his way with Gortat. You'd mainly want White as a stopgap in case Westbrook does manage to get past Irving. Offensively with your\starters it shouldn't be that difficult, and your bench is able to keep up with theirs so long as you don't make errant passes. The Thunder have good shot blockers so just go with the layup instead of the dunk. The Jennings/Westbrook combo can be a pain to deal with so you might have to guard either one of them on your own. Remember, don't make long passes, be patient and play solid defense. [The King's Coronation] The Finals - June 24, 2020 Game Goal: King VS. King, The Final Chapter Outperform John Trice and prove to the world once and for all that LeBron is the only true King of the NBA. D.Lillard tends to shoot mid-range and drive the ball. He has good range and his Skills include Pick & Roll Maestro, Catch and Shoot, Shot Creator, Acrobat and Floor General. D.Derozan tends to shoot mid-range more than close and can take it to the basket (Finisher). Like Lillard he has good range. J.Trice is nearly maxed and hasn't changed his shooting habits at all. He'll take anything except the post. His notable Skills are Finisher, Microwave and Lockdown Defender. K.Love hasn't changed either as he's still locked on to the ball (Tenacious Rebounder) and tends to shoot inside more often but can and will make the outside shot. M.Gasol replaces his brother Pau in the lineup, and he tends to shoot close. His defensive awareness is very high (Defensive Anchor, Post Proficiency, Brick Wall, Screen Outlet, Bruiser) and will pull those rebounds. K.Leonard is still hanging around and he's as usual a Lockdown Defender who tends to drive and shoot close off the bench. D.Green and R.Anderson are the other 3 point threats (Catch and Shoot). LeBron has one last shot at getting that 7th ring and one look at this lineup makes you wonder how he can NOT. So basically Curry, Beal, Griffin and Okoye should pick up the slack if you can't get it going against the Finals Boss. Have Okoye and Griffin screen for LeBron and charge the basket. Use Fadeaway jumpers to get over Trice. Remember it isn't always about scoring so dish out to Curry and Beal who are money behind the arc. Your bench isn't bad either so you cannot lose that easily, just keep track of Trice and don't let him heat up with his Microwave Skill. It won't be long before the clock crows that you can finally deny Trice. Congratulations! You've led LeBron to 7 rings. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () MyCareer ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MyCareer takes MyPlayer through the NBA as you start from the bottom making your way to the top. It is similar to past MyCareer Modes in 2K where you must earn VC (Virtual Currency) in order to boost your attributes, improving your player into star caliber material. You can find many tips online on how to make a monster player, so I suggest searching for specific info. Be sure to set your Difficulty and Quarter Length before you start MyCareer. [MyCAREER: The Creation] The MyPlayer you created when you first started the game is brought here and if you want to change the name you'll have to do it from the Main Menu under Features. [Vitals] Change any information about your player. Nickname is for play-by-play to call if your last name doesn't match any current NBA player. Position is what spot you want to play in. [Body and Head] Your player's Height and Weight. Keep in mind this affects the maximum attributes can go. [Gears and Shoes] Accessorize your player. Shoe Style is 2K Generic by default until you land a deal with a Shoe company. [Attributes] Change Positions and Play Style for your player. [Signature] Customize your player's style of play. Signature Introductions are only available once you purchase them. When you're done press Start to continue. [The Rookie Showcase] Depending on how high or low you want to go in the Draft, you should either tank the Showcase (and go to better teams) or dominate it (to go to worser teams). If you've decided on which team to be in then you'll have to make some adjustments if you miss the spot, which means keep trying. Also depending on your Position are tips on which stat gives you points from the most to the least, which you'll see before the game starts. Points are awarded and deducted depending on your play on offense/defense. I'm not going to point out every detail as it's better for you to play and learn from things that's pointed out for you as you go. You will see these pointers on the top right. After the game you will see a recap grading your Performance, Team Play, High lights and Bonuses. [Pre-Draft Interview] 3 teams will interview you and if your team wasn't one of them then you'll have to go back and redo the Showcase. If the team you want interviews you, then you will have to give good answers (usually A) and give bad answers to the other teams (mostly Y). [NBA Draft] You will most definitely land with the team that you gave good answers to. [Contract Negotiations] The team that selects you will give you a role and details concerning your contract with them. As a rookie you are automatically committing two years to your team with one team option afterwards. [GM Sitdown] GM topics become available as you progress, and if you're playing well you can talk about getting more minutes. The more you play well you can become a starter given the positions you want to be in aren't occupied by players better than you. There are different kinds of topics like praising the coach, demanding a trade, complaining about the coach, disliking a certain player and such. Keep in mind that these sitdowns exist for certain reasons and using them when unnecessary is a waste. For example, asking for more playing time when you haven't played much games. This topic is usually best after at least 5 games. [Social Media] Here you can see comments about your MyPlayer and Social Challenges that get aimed at you. You get points if you beat the Challenge in the next game. Local Fan Support shows a percentage of the total fans that support you. The Teammate Chemistry percentage is of course how well you fit with the team. Press X to see options to boost your popularity with the team and local fans. Any of these choices will cost 500 VC. [Rookie Year] You will be notified of GM Meetings, Endorsements and Milestones on your Home Screen. Using RS you can see Player options like Signature Skill Upgrades and Attributes you can purchase using VC (Virtual Currency). Career options include meeting with the GM and viewing your endorsements. Play Now shows the option to play the next Key Game or just the next Game. You can also play Drills to earn VC or attend Legend Camps that improve core attributes depending on your Coach. Before you play I suggest doing drills to get some stats in. Dribbling Drills are important if you're a PG/SG/SF. You can repeat the same drill but you'll only have 3 tries for now. Drill or spend once you're done play the next game to start. You will start off on the bench so unless you want to watch press Y to simulate to your next appearance. You will be given a matchup before you play so make note of the scouting report on that player especially their Signature Skills. So what should you do? Generally you want to earn as much VC as you can and the only way is to play well to win. In the Rookie Showcase you should've seen what is considered negative (like errant steal attempts) and positive (good screens, defensive transitions) and what gives you more points based on your position. SG for example gives more points if you score but less for rebounding. During games you will be presented with Dynamic Goals. As you progress these Goals will be given based on what has occured in the game. Reach these Goals to obtain a Bonus after the game. These Goals range from getting a rebound or not committing a turnover to even more complex ones depending on your overall rank and Skill. After every game you will meet with the media and depending how you answer it can affect Teammate Chemistry, Fans, and Local Fan Support. Too negative will only lower playing time on the floor and lose trust in teammates. If you want easy VC keep doing the Dribbling Course. Gold gets you 60 VC. To get past the defender use a Half-Spin (Rotate RS from ball hand toward the basket). Signature Skills gives you an attribute boost to yourself and/or your team. You can only equip a maximum of 5 at a time, and they are only switchable before games and not during. Usually after 5 games that you've played in, Nike or Jordan would like you to endorse their brands so choose either one. Depending on the brand you can choose their shoes in Player Options. Press A on the shoe to equip or edit. As you get better more Shoe Manufacturers will notice you and try to get you to endorse their brand. After 2 season with your current team if they like you they will use their Team Option to have you on for a third season. After which you can sign with any team as a free agent. To enter the Hall of Fame you will have to complete a certain amount of goals. You can see these goals under Career Options. Once you've reached all the HOF Goals you can retire and watch your own HOF Ceremony. But it doesn't have to end there, you can start another MyCareer at a different position or put off retirement and just keep playing until the NBA is completely filled with created players. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () GAME MODES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [MyTeam] Manage your own team like a Fantasy Draft with various customizations [The Association] Manage all aspects of a team and lead them to a championship [Training Camp] Recommended for beginners to learn the controls and play of the game [Season] Play a continual season in the NBA [Playoffs] Start your own custom playoff [Practice] Practice Freestyle, Free Throws, Post Moves and Scrimmages [The Association: Online] Online mode of The Association [NBA Blacktop] Street challenge from 1v1 to 5v5 [Online] Verse others online, join a Crew and check your online stats ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () FEATURES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [MyPlayer] Edit and view your existing MyPlayer [2K Shoes] Create and view existing shoes from various brands [2K Beats] View and play featured music from various music artists [2K Share] Manage your uploaded files and view files from others online [Codes] Enter or enable codes for the game [Credits] Those responsible NBA 2K14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () TEAM LIST & RANK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note: This reflects the roster as of Jan 29,2014 in ascending order [Philadelphia 76ers] Overall Rank: 22th Offense: 23rd Defense: 21st [Charlotte Bobcats] Overall Rank: 27th Offense: 30th Defense: 30th [Milwaukee Bucks] Overall Rank: 25th Offense: 25th Defense: 22nd [Chicago Bulls] Overall Rank: 19th Offense: 20th Defense: 8th [Cleveland Cavaliers] Overall Rank: 14th Offense: 27th Defense: 14th [Boston Celtics] Overall Rank: 17th Offense: 18th Defense: 20th [Los Angeles Clippers] Overall Rank: 6th Offense: 14th Defense: 4th [Memphis Grizzlies] Overall Rank: 7th Offense: 12th Defense: 6th [Atlanta Hawks] Overall Rank: 28st Offense: 11th Defense: 27th [Miami Heat] Overall Rank: 1st Offense: 1st Defense: 3rd [Utah Jazz] Overall Rank: 29th Offense: 29th Defense: 25th [Sacremento Kings] Overall Rank: 26th Offense: 21st Defense: 29th [New York Knicks] Overall Rank: 15th Offense: 17th Defense: 13th [Los Angeles Lakers] Overall Rank: 30th Offense: 10th Defense: 28th [Orlando Magic] Overall Rank: 24th Offense: 28th Defense: 18th [Dallas Mavericks] Overall Rank: 9th Offense: 5th Defense: 17th [Brooklyn Nets] Overall Rank: 18th Offense: 22nd Defense: 23rd [Denver Nuggets] Overall Rank: 16th Offense: 16th Defense: 16th [Indiana Pacers] Overall Rank: 2nd Offense: 6th Defense: 1st [New Orleans Pelicans] Overall Rank: 20th Offense: 24th Defense: 15th [Detroit Pistons] Overall Rank: 12th Offense: 15th Defense: 11th [Toronto Raptors] Overall Rank: 21st Offense: 19th Defense: 24th [Houston Rockets] Overall Rank: 5th Offense: 2nd Defense: 12th [San Antonio Spurs] Overall Rank: 10th Offense: 3rd Defense: 9th [Phoenix Suns] Overall Rank: 23rd Offense: 13th Defense: 26th [Oklahoma City Thunder] Overall Rank: 8th Offense: 8th Defense: 2nd [Minnesota Timberwolves] Overall Rank: 11th Offense: 9th Defense: 19th [Portland Trail Blazers] Overall Rank: 3rd Offense: 4th Defense: 10th [Golden State Warriors] Overall Rank: 4th Offense: 7th Defense: 7th [Washington Wizards] Overall Rank: 13th Offense: 26th Defense: 5th ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ () ACHIEVEMENTS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here is the list of Achievements and their requirements: [Dawn of and Era = 15G] Get drafted as a lottery pick in the NBA draft in MyCareer mode. [Serving Notice = 15G] Get 250,000 fans in MyCareer mode. [I'm Here to Stay = 25G] Get 1,000,000 fans in MyCareer mode. [Man of the People = 40G] Get 2,000,000 fans in MyCareer mode. [Everyone is Special = 15G] Purchase and equip 1 Signature Skill in MyCareer mode. [Some more Special than Others = 30G] Purchase and equip 5 Signature Skills simultaneously in MyCareer mode. [Now Playing = 15G] Purchase a pre-game ritual in MyCareer mode. [Both Feet on the Ground = 30G] Sign an endorsement contract with either Nike or Jordan in MyCareer mode. [Come Fly with Me = 15G] Purchase Michael Jordan's dunk package (Historic Jordan) in MyCareer mode. [NBA Cares = 15G] Make a donation to the NBA Cares gloabal community outreach initiative in MyCareer mode. [MyPlayer of the Game = 20G] Be named Player of the Game (in an NBA game) in MyCareer mode. [My Every Day Player = 20G] Become a starter in the NBA in MyCareer mode. [My All-Star = 25G] Be named an NBA All-Star in MyCareer mode. [Immortality = 30G] Make the Hall of Fame in MyCareer mode. [Runneth Over = 30G] Obtain a balance of 20,000 VC (Virtual Coins). [Buzzer Beater = 20G] Make a game winning shot with no time left on the clock in a non-simulated game. [Trip-Dub = 20G] Record a triple double with any player in a non-simulated game. [Dub-Dub = 20G] Record two double double with any teammates in the same non-simulated game. [Five by Five = 20G] Record 5 or more in 5 different stats with any player in a non-simulated game. [It's Raining = 20G] Make 15 or more 3-pointers with any team in a non-simulated game. [Block Party = 20G] Record 10 or more blocks with any team in a non-simulated game. [Men of Steal = 20G] Record 10 or more steals with any team in a non-simulated game. [Swat and Swipe = 20G] Record at least 5 blocks and 5 steals with any team in a non-simulated game. [Smothering = 20G] Hold the opposing team's FG% below 40% with any team in a non-simulated game. [Giveth and Taketh Away = 20G] Record 10 or more rebounds and assists with any player in a non-simulated game. [Hold the Fat Lady = 20G] Start the 4th period by losing by 10 or more points and win with any team in a non-simulated game. [Wire to Wire = 20G] Do not allow your opponent to lead teh game at any point with any team in a non-simulated game. [The Closer = 20G] Hold the opposing team to zero points in the final two minutes of a non- simulated game. [The Here and Now = 15G] Begin a "Today" Association. [Puppet Master = 10G] Adjust your "Total Sim Control" strategy in the The Association or Season mode. [Not Your Father's Association = 10G] Join an Online Association. [Another Day, Another Win = 20G] Win 5 NBA Today matchups. [Don't Hate the Player = 30G] Win the championship in an Online Association. [Streaking = 25G] Win 5 non-simulated game in a row in The Association mode. [Ticker Tape = 30G] Win an NBA Championship in The Association mode (playing every playoff game). [All The Sprite Moves = 15G] Win the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. [Hey Mr. DJ = 10G] Create a 2k Beats Playlist. [Maestro = 15G] Create a shoe in the 2K Shoe Creator. [Greatness Achieved = 20G] Complete LeBron: Path to Greatness. [99 Stars, 1 LeBron = 35G] Get 99 stars in LeBron: Path to Greatness. [From the Ground Up = 20G] Purchase 15 Boosters in MyTeam mode. [82-0 = 20G] Finish any team's schedule in MyTeam. [On the Road Again = 15G] Play a MyPlayer Blacktop game online. [It's Got to be the Crews = 10G] Winning is everything. Get a W as part of a Crew. [This One Counts = 15G] Win one online Versus match. [Back to Back to Back = 15G] Win 2 Versus matches in a row. [You're Officially Hot = 20G] Win 5 Versus matches in a row. [Lincoln = 15G] Win 5 Versus matches total. [Hamilton = 20G] Win 10 Versus matches total. [The Sum of Its Parts = 15G] Play a Team-Up Game. ================================ <-End of FAQ-> =============================== Copyright 2014 tomruiz