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

Postby Breems on Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:45 pm

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Current Record: 16-13

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Season Length: 29 Games
Quarter Length: 8 Minutes
Sim Quarter Length: 11 Minutes
Playoff Length: 7-7-7-7
Simulation Injuries: Yes
Fantasy Draft: No
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Head Coach: Eddie Jordan
Assistant: F. Crawford - B
Assistant: D. Pope - B-

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Andrew on Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:25 pm

Cool to see a retro Dynasty like this, and with one of my all-time favourite games, too. Best of luck with it!
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Breems on Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:16 pm

2005-2006 Season Preview: Washington Wizards
By NBA.com staff / October 24th, 2005

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We round out our week of Eastern Conference previews with the Washington Wizards. Can Arenas and co. return to the conference semifinals and potentially take the next step? Let's take a look.

Staff Shakeup
The Wizards' front office underwent sweeping changes this off-season with the arrival of new GM Adam Breems. Breems summed up his vision for the immediate future in his introductory press conference:
My staff and I aren't looking for a total rebuild. I believe last year's successes showed we're only a few tweaks away from where we want to be.

Breems did overhaul the staff, however, bringing in a new trainer, scout, and an impressive pair of assistant coaches.

Backcourt
After a stellar '04-05 campaign, Gilbert Arenas looks poised to carry the Wizards again this season. He'll be backed by off-season pickups Antonio Daniels and Chucky Atkins. With the departure of Larry Hughes, Caron Butler will start at SG after a promising stint in LA. Serviceable wingmen Jarvis Hayes and Jared Jeffries round out the perimeter. The Wizards' length on the wing should aid in defending the perimeter and getting to the hoop. 3PT shooting looks suspect and will reportedly be a focal point for the new staff.

Frontcourt
All-Star PF Antawn Jamison returns to lead the frontcourt alongside center Brendan Haywood. The bench offers very little in the way of proven big men - a weakness the Wizards will surely need to address to take the next step
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Andrew on Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:52 pm

If it's realistic simulated stats you're after, I'd recommend setting the Sim Quarter Length to 12 minutes.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Breems on Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:17 pm

Wizards' season tips off with tough loss to Garnett, Timberwolves
By WashingtonWizards.com staff / October 29th, 2005

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@Minnesota | L 73-82

The Wizards and T-Wolves tipped off opening night with an exciting, hard-fought game. Arenas and the Wizards came out strong and led 22-14 at the end of the 1st quarter. Hard-nosed defense came with a price, however, as Arenas committed 3 fouls in the quarter. With Arenas on the bench, Jamison did just enough to keep the Wizards on top 37-36 at the half.

Most of Washington's buckets in the 1st half came from the paint, and Dwane Casey took notice. Minnesota started the second half in a 2-3 zone which stifled the Wizards' offense and kept them off the offensive glass. The T-Wolves built up a 12-point lead in the 4th led by All-Star Kevin Garnett's dominance in the paint. Arenas and Jamison led a 10-0 run that brought the Wizards within 2, but a series of unfortunate events stole the Wizards' momentum in the final 2 minutes: KG had a breakaway dunk, Jamison was called for an offensive 3-seconds, and little-known T-Wolves backup Ndudi Ebi nailed a contested 3-pointer.

Arenas and Jamison led all scorers with 20 points. Arenas added 7 assists and 3 steals (the team combined for 12 steals), and Jamison added 8 rebounds. 5 Timberwolves scored in double-figures, and KG posted a double-double with 12 pts/11 rebs.

Player of the Game: Kevin Garnett
Box Score: Wizards | Timberwolves
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Note for anyone who read this thread earlier: I restarted the dynasty as I had forgotten to record box scores.

Fun game. I hadn't even heard of N. Ebi, so his contested 3 was a gut-punch. That's basketball, though. One thing I thought was amazing in this game was the CPU's switch to a 2-3 zone after I scored a ton of buckets in the paint. That's the first time I recall seeing the game react like that. I'm not sure if it was random or calculated, but I'll pretend it was the latter. Also, I'm trying to figure out if my team is just terrible from 3 or if I just need more practice with sub-par/average shooters. I had no problems with previous dynasties using the same sliders, but those teams had better shooters. As it stands, making a 3 feels like winning an NBA championship.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:29 pm

Tough break, seems their balanced attack was the difference maker.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Breems on Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:01 am

Star-studded Spurs prevail down the stretch
By WashingtonWizards.com staff / October 30th, 2005

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@San Antonio | L 74-81

Out of the frying pan into the fire. A tough game @Minnesota was followed up by a trip to San Antonio the next day. 24 hours after facing superstar Kevin Garnett, the Wizards' frontcourt would have a second chance to prove its worth against The Big Fundamental.

The Wizards again started strong with hard-nosed defense and an efficient offense (52% FG) predicated on high-quality shots (only 2 made FGs came from beyond 10-12' in the first half). Washington took a 39-32 lead into halftime despite Tim Duncan scoring 14 points on 7-7 shooting.

Gregg Popovich seemingly took notes from the Minnesota game and switched to a 2-3 zone to start the second half. The Wizards' paint dominance finally came to a halt, and Duncan and Ginobli capitalized with an extremely efficient inside-out attack. The Spurs tied the game at 57 heading into the 4th quarter. The 4th quarter began with each team trading baskets before the Spurs eventually took a 4-point lead with 2 minutes left on a Ginobli layup. A disastrous illegal timeout by the Wizards stretched the Spurs' lead to 7, leading to an 81-74 win.

Tim Duncan led all scorers with 26 on 12-13 shooting. Ginobli wasn't far behind with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Arenas added 22 points and 5 assists for the Wizards, and Jamison managed 16 points in his matchup against Duncan. Interestingly, the Wizards dominated the boards 35-22.

Eddie Jordan offered his thoughts on the game:
It was a tough loss, but I'm proud of our guys. They gave it their best effort, and that's all you can do against a 3-headed monster like Parker-Ginobli-Duncan. Everyone who played scored 4 or more points tonight, so we got closer to the balanced attack we want. It's on me to fully get us there and take some of the load off Arenas and Jamison. We're all anxious to get home and play in front of our fans for the first time this season!


Player of the Game: Tim Duncan
Box Score: Wizards | Spurs

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Man, I Chris Webbered that pretty hard. I was trying to call for an intentional foul but called it too soon after the made basket. I actually made some 3s this game (36%), so I'm happy about that. I also found a few new plays that work well for Arenas besides PnR and iso. I'm going to start looking at some roster changes, namely adding a 3-point specialist and defensive big men.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Breems on Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:55 am

Wizards' 3-game road trip capped by embarrassing loss to Sacramento
By NBA.com staff / November 8th, 2005

@Sacramento | L 76-97

With many staff writers out this week, we opted for a video recap of tonight's game:

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A few interesting notes: the Wizards only trailed 43-37 at the half before the game was blown open in the 3rd quarter; Stojakovic dominated offensively despite going 0-2 from 3; the Wizards' frustration showed with 3 offensive 3-second violations, 15 fouls, and an incredible 33 TOs. Washington continues to struggle from the field.

The Kings move to an impressive 6-0 on the season while the Wizards fall to 0-3.

Player of the Game: Peja Stojaković
Box Score: Wizards | Kings
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Andrew on Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:00 am

It's a rough start, but hopefully you can figure it out soon!
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Breems on Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:08 am

Andrew wrote:It's a rough start, but hopefully you can figure it out soon!


Indeed. I'm certainly hitting my goal of struggling! Can't wait for my first home game.

Also, are you able to see the video in the post above? I only see a black screen.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Andrew on Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:16 am

Yep, the embed is working properly. Not Chucky Atkins' finest moment!
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet

Postby Breems on Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:57 pm

Jamison erupts for 36 as Wizards cruise past injury-riddled Cavaliers
By WashingtonWizards.com staff / November 30th, 2005

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vs. Cleveland | W 102-77

The Wizards had yet to win a game. Cleveland's 2 biggest stars, Larry Hughes and LeBron James, were suffering from injuries. The stage was set for the Wizards to notch their first win of the season, and they didn't disappoint their home crowd. Washington controlled the game from the tip. The offense was firing on all cylinders and, aside from Jamison's heroics, was well-balanced. Fast breaks were plentiful against a slow, uninspired Cavalier defense. The defensive pressure forced Cleveland to work for every shot. With Hughes out and James playing injured, the Cavs couldn't score or stop penetration.

Antawn Jamison was virtually unstoppable in the paint. After scoring 22 in the first half on 9-9 shooting, he closed the game with 36 points on 16-19 (84%) shooting. Agent Zero posted a double-double with 10 points/assists and also added 4 steals. Caron Butler added 19 points, a welcome sight for Wizards fans who had been disappointed with his first 3 outings.

Player of the Game: Antawn Jamison
Box Score: Wizards | Cavaliers
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This was a much-needed win for me as it gave me the freedom and confidence to use my role-players more. I also learned that Caron Butler can make a shot in this game! Caught a very lucky break with the 2 injuries, but I'll take it.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

Postby Andrew on Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:07 pm

Nice, definitely must feel good to break the drought and get on the board with a win. Incidentally, I've replied to your thread in the NBA Live 06 section with some information that will hopefully be helpful.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

Postby cavs4872 on Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:20 am

Everything about this is awesome: the presentation is clean, I love this Wizards team (even more when they had Stevenson -- acquire him!) and as Andrew said, it has a very retro feel to it. (Y) Reminds me of the stories I used to look back on in 2009-10 when I was failing at them.

Nothing wrong with having a losing record; that's really underrated in these stories - trust me: nothing is more boring than seeing someone clean house by 30 every game.

And good to see Ira Newb outplaying the King. (Y)
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

Postby Breems on Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:06 am

cavs4872 wrote:Everything about this is awesome: the presentation is clean, I love this Wizards team (even more when they had Stevenson -- acquire him!) and as Andrew said, it has a very retro feel to it. (Y) Reminds me of the stories I used to look back on in 2009-10 when I was failing at them.

Nothing wrong with having a losing record; that's really underrated in these stories - trust me: nothing is more boring than seeing someone clean house by 30 every game.

And good to see Ira Newb outplaying the King. (Y)


Thanks, I appreciate that! I'm having a blast with this. I'm actually glad I have a losing record. It can be frustrating during the games, but it keeps me interested and invested in improving my team.

Let me know if there's any content/stats you guys are interested in that I'm not currently including. I want to maintain a good/unique presentation.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

Postby Andrew on Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:06 pm

Losses do make things more interesting, and it's nice to actually feel challenged by the game, too.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

Postby Andrew on Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:45 pm

Love the throwback with the old ESPN.com layout! I'd say that's the right call in turning down that offer, too.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

Postby cavs4872 on Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:13 am

Really nice; I'm stuck in a good time warp right now. :lol: Makes me motivated to do something similar.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

Postby Breems on Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:59 am

cavs4872 wrote:Really nice; I'm stuck in a good time warp right now. :lol: Makes me motivated to do something similar.


You should! It'd be awesome to see a fresh story.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

Postby Breems on Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:28 pm

Wizards' magic arrives just in time!
By ESPN.com staff / December 4th, 2005

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@Milwaukee | W 84-83

Here's to you, first half. They won't remember you, but without you, that second half wouldn't have been possible. The Wizards entered the game riding high after a blowout win, and the Bucks were determined to grab their first win of the season in front of their home crowd. Both teams played loose which led to a fun, blow-for-blow offensive barrage. The Bucks took a 41-38 lead into the half.

Either both teams made perfect halftime adjustments, or neither team made any adjustments as the third quarter was largely a repeat of the first half. When either side thought about pulling away, Michael Redd and Gilbert Arenas quickly restored the balance. After 3 quarters of trading baskets, the Wizards opened the 4th quarter with 7 straight misses. It was now time for defense to steal the show. In the final minutes, Jarvis Hayes, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison came up with crucial steals leading to transition baskets. Jamison also kept the Wizards offense afloat with 3 putbacks. Meanwhile, Michael Redd managed to drain 3 straight 3-pointers, the last of which put the Bucks up 83-82 with 11.3 seconds remaining. Eddie Jordan called a timeout to draw up a play. The only question was whether he'd go with Gilbert Arenas (28 points) or the 4th quarter hot hand, Antawn Jamison (18 points).

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Obviously, you go with Caron Butler! The same Butler that was 2-10 from the field with 4 points. We caught up with Butler after the game:
"Yeah, Coach Jones didn't exactly designate me as a primary option on the play, but my guys knew to get me the ball," Butler chuckled. "I was just glad to be in the right place at the right time and get the win for my team!"


Butler finished with 6 points on 3-11 shooting. Arenas scored 28 points and added 5 assists and 2 steals. Jamison scored 18 points on 9-12 shooting and grabbed 6 boards. Jarvis Hayes scored a season-high 10 points. Michael Redd led the Bucks with 29 points.

Player of the Game: Gilbert Arenas
Box Score: Wizards | Bucks
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That was so much fun! I was planning to run a set for Arenas/Jamison, but once I inbounded the ball, I decided I didn't have enough time. I panicked and tried to drive with Arenas. When I couldn't get past the defender, I unintentionally passed it off to Haywood. I didn't want him taking the last shot, so I instinctively hit "L Trigger + Shoot" as I'm used to dishing to my SG in that situation. Running out of time, I took what I could get with Butler. Basketball, right?!
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (2-3)

Postby Andrew on Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:32 pm

Nice one! Wish I had more videos of special moments and big wins in my NBA Live 06 Dynasty.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (2-3)

Postby Breems on Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:54 am

Andrew wrote:Nice one! Wish I had more videos of special moments and big wins in my NBA Live 06 Dynasty.


Better late than never? :P

Windows 10 makes it incredibly easy too. Just press Win+Alt+G and it captures the last 30 seconds. So useful.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (2-3)

Postby Andrew on Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:27 am

Handy indeed, though I've got the registered version of Bandicam, so capturing videos is no problem these days.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (2-3)

Postby Murat on Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:50 pm

this looks cool hope you continue this.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (2-3)

Postby Breems on Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:13 pm

Wizards put on an offensive clinic en route to a 106-85 win
By WashingtonWizards.com staff / December 7th, 2005

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vs. Utah | W 106-85

The Wizards extended their win streak to 3 in a game where everything went their way. The Jazz were far too slow in this matchup as the up-tempo Wizards controlled the game from the tip and feasted on easy buckets in transition.

5 Wizards scored 14+ points as the team shot 66% from the field and 67% from the perimeter. Brendan Haywood and Gilbert Arenas posted double-doubles with 15 points/10 rebounds and 17 points/10 assists respectively. Antawn Jamison added 20 points. Caron Butler and Antonio Daniels each added 14.

The Wizards improve to 3-3 as the Jazz drop to 1-6.

Player of the Game: Brendan Haywood
Box Score: Wizards | Jazz
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet [1-3]

Postby cavs4872 on Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:13 pm

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cavs4872 wrote:Really nice; I'm stuck in a good time warp right now. :lol: Makes me motivated to do something similar.


You should! It'd be awesome to see a fresh story.

A little while ago I tried doing a Cavs story for NBA 09: The Inside, but the gameplay is so shallow (like no one has signature shots, etc.) and it's missing basic things like unrestricted free agency; maybe one day I'll pick up a retro game that has all the features there like NBA Live 09/10 or 2K9. I don't know why but I feel like the older games make for better stories.

Maybe I'll give the 09: The Inside story another shot since people seemed to like it and it's a unique game that no one's ever done; I'm complaining about how dated it is but you're playing NBA Live 06. :lol: Then again, there's a reason Sony's game failed; I've said it before, but I'd be thrilled to see what they could do on new hardware given the success of the Show. Those games showed promise.

Speaking of the '06 Wizards, they were airing Cleveland @ Washington (Game 5 from that year) on ESPN Classic... it was super close, but I had to shut it off cause they were playing the foul game for 30 minutes... not sure who ever won that.
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Postby Andrew on Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:20 pm

I think in some ways, the depth of current games hurts the story topic concept, because there's less need for imagination. Career stories are kind of pointless too, as we all get the same story, cutscenes and whatnot. They also lend themselves better to video series.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (3-3)

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Andrew wrote:I think in some ways, the depth of current games hurts the story topic concept, because there's less need for imagination. Career stories are kind of pointless too, as we all get the same story, cutscenes and whatnot. They also lend themselves better to video series.


I agree. I actually prefer the old games like Live 03-06 over most of the new games, although I did enjoy NBA 2K11 and NBA Live 10.

For me, it's the simplicity of the gameplay and modes. I've tried playing 2K18, and I get completely overwhelmed each time I pull up the controls/move list. It feels like I'm playing Arma 3 and there should be a button for positioning my mouth guard. I know you can skate by with the basics, but my OCD tells me I need to fully utlize all the moves.

Now that I'm older and have very limited time (baby!), I enjoy firing up NBA Live 06 and playing a simplistic game with just enough realism to immerse me.
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Postby Andrew on Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:36 pm

I think a lot of people do feel that way. The increase in complexity and realism hasn't been to everyone's liking, although in terms of being a great and realistic single player sim, NBA 2K18 also made some missteps.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (3-3)

Postby Murat on Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:39 pm

NBA Live 06's lightning >>>> NBA 2K18's lightning. So sad, isn't it?
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (3-3)

Postby cavs4872 on Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:43 am

Andrew wrote:I think in some ways, the depth of current games hurts the story topic concept, because there's less need for imagination. Career stories are kind of pointless too, as we all get the same story, cutscenes and whatnot. They also lend themselves better to video series.

Really good points. (Y) I remember in the early days of MyCareer, Chris Smoove used to do mockups in other games like he would use GTA for his player driving to the arena/hanging out at home; now most of that stuff is in the game.

It's really awe-inspiring to think how this section was bustling with activity a decade ago but now...

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Breems wrote:Now that I'm older and have very limited time (baby!), I enjoy firing up NBA Live 06 and playing a simplistic game with just enough realism to immerse me.

Yeah, and even though I try to play sim on the older games, shorter quarter length allows for realistic scores too.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (3-3)

Postby Andrew on Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:22 am

Times definitely change. I think video content is more popular now too, but it's nice to have more straightforward throwback stories.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (3-3)

Postby Breems on Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:09 am

Wizards can handle The Truth
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vs. Boston | W 80-73

Washington nabbed their fourth win in a row tonight against the Boston Celtics. The Celtics looked impressive early on, hitting their first 7 FGs and forcing the Wizards into 6 straight misses. With Boston leading 16-12 after the first quarter, Washington again started cold in the second with 5 straight misses. The Wizards stayed the course defensively, however, and Antawn Jamison heated up to help close the gap to 3 (31-34) at the half.

The third quarter began to slip away from the Wizards as the Celtics pushed their lead to 12. Gary Payton led the charge, creating easy baskets for both himself and his teammates. Boston's run was short-lived, however, and Washington made a huge push on the back of Gilbert Arenas to outscore Boston 25-14 in the third. The Celtics gained back some offensive momentum in the fourth but ultimately had no answer for Arenas at the rim.

Arenas led the way with 22 points, 7 assists, and 3 steals. Jamison posted another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. For the Celtics, Paul Pierece scored 19 points and Gary Payton followed closely with 18 and 6 assists. Arenas and Payton each committed 7 TOs. Payton also fouled out midway through the fourth.

The Wizards improve to 4-3 as the Celtics drop to 3-4.

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Postby cavs4872 on Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:50 am

Nice little streak to get above .500. (Y)
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Postby Andrew on Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:58 am

You definitely seem to be in the groove now.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (3-3)

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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (4-3)

Postby Breems on Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:31 am

Portland snaps Washington's 4-game win streak
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vs. Portland | L 85-88

Portland did what four teams before them couldn't; they walked out of the MCI Center with a W. It didn't come easy.

The Wizards looked to be in full form once again as they began the game shooting 72% from the field en route to a 20-point lead early in the 2nd quarter. They were sustained by easy buckets in transition and Antawn Jamison in the post. The Trailblazers began to adjust in the 2nd quarter by cutting off fastbreak opportunities, doubling Jamison, and working the ball into the paint. A 20-point deficit was soon cut to 5, although the Wizards were able to push it back to 9 at the half.

After picking up 3 fouls in the first half, Arenas had to play cautious defensively, and Sebastian Telfair took advantage. He got to the hoop seemingly at will, eventually helping the Trailblazers tie up the game midway through the 4th. A Juan Dixon 3-pointer gave the Trailblazers their first lead of the game (77-76) with 3:24 remaining. Despite giving up a 20-point lead, the Wizards continued to battle as Antonio Daniels answered with a 3 of his own. With 1 minute to play, a Telfair layup gave Portland a 2-point lead. Arenas missed a 3 on the next possession, but Haywood grabbed his 13th board and a put back to tie it back up. Telfair and Jamison swapped layups on the next 2 possessions before a dagger 3 from Telfair put the Trailblazers up 3 with 14.9 seconds remaining. The Wizards would have one final shot for the tie:

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Arenas had this to say after the game:
Coach drew up a great play for me. I caught the ball a little further out than I wanted which gave the defender time to close out. Still, it's a shot I should've made.


Sebastian Telfair led the way for the Trailblazers with 24 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. Juan Dixon scored 17. For the Wizards, Jamison scored 27 on 12-15 shooting. Haywood posted another double-double with 14 points and 13 boards. Antonio Daniels was a bright spot off the bench with 14 points, including 2 3-pointers. Caron Butler struggled with 2 points on 1-8 shooting and 6 TOs. Arenas and Daniels also struggled with TOs with 4 apiece. The Wizards also struggled from the charity stripe (6-14).

Player of the Game: Sebastian Telfair
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (4-3)

Postby Andrew on Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:11 am

Unlucky. If there is one thing that's better in newer games, it's player movement and shooting mechanics, which would've made it easier to get a better shot (with more chance of it going in). Still a decent look though, unfortunately it just didn't fall. Tough break, but a dramatic finish nevertheless.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (4-3)

Postby Breems on Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:38 am

Andrew wrote:Unlucky. If there is one thing that's better in newer games, it's player movement and shooting mechanics, which would've made it easier to get a better shot (with more chance of it going in). Still a decent look though, unfortunately it just didn't fall. Tough break, but a dramatic finish nevertheless.


Yeah, I'm just happy I ran a set and got a decent look. Good ol' Shooter A. :)

If I had passed to Arenas a bit earlier, I probably would've gotten a more open look. I felt like I needed to dribble back to the 3-point line since deep 3s are extremely rare in Live 06 (pre-Steph era, I guess), and that gave them some time to catch up and contest the shot.

Regardless, I'm 8 games in and already have 2 thrillers, so I'm pretty happy about that. Sometimes you just miss. (Y)
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (4-4)

Postby Andrew on Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:45 am

For sure. It's a shame when it feels like you're at the mercy of the AI - again, that's something I do like about more modern games - but it does make things more interesting and exciting in its own way.
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (4-4)

Postby Breems on Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:50 am

Mavs kill Wizards' holiday spirit
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@Dallas | L 91-96

'Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house,
Not a Mavs player was struggling,
Not even Jerry Stackhouse.

Washington continued their trend of starting strong - a trend Wizards fans may soon see as a bad omen - with a 27-21 lead after Q1. Jamison was his usual self, Nowitzki started out cold, and Agent Zero was able to get the ball wherever he wanted. Q2 was evenly matched as both teams scored 23 giving the Wizards a 50-44 lead at the half. Washington closed the half strong as Arenas followed up a posterizing dunk with a steal and 3-pointer. The Wizards employed a 2-3 zone throughout the first half which kept Nowitzki out of the paint and helped the Wizards control the boards. They shot 67% as a team in the first half, including 3-6 from 3.

The Mavs picked up the pace in Q3, outscoring the Wizards 21-17, and tying the game for the first time with 2:20 left in the quarter. The Wizards were up 2 heading into Q4, but the sharpshooting trio of Dirk, Terry, and Finley turned up the heat as the Wizards went cold.

Antawn Jamison continued his spectacular season with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Arenas recorded a double-double with 16 points/10 assists. Haywood had 12 points/8 rebounds, and Hayes and Butler both scored 10. For Dallas, Jason Terry scored 20 points to go along with 8 assists and 3 steals. Dirk scored 23, and Finley scored 17 points with 5 steals.

Player of the Game: Jason Terry
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Next Game: Dec 30 vs. Miami
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (4-4)

Postby Andrew on Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:54 am

Here's hoping you can end the skid and go on another run!
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (5-5)

Postby Breems on Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:21 pm

Struggling Heat stay cool, Wizards wrap 2005 with a win
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vs. Miami (3-7) | W 91-85

Back in October, the prospect of facing Dallas and Miami - two likely championship contenders - in back-to-back games seemed like a gloomy way to end 2005. While the Wizards didn't pick up a Christmas gift in Dallas, they will head into the New Year with a W against a very talented Heat squad.

Jason Williams, top 10 in the league in assists and 3PM/A, started the game hot, scoring the first 10 points for the Heat. This gave the Heat a 10-2 lead, and Shaq added insult to injury by sinking 2 FTs to make it 12-2. Wizards coach Eddie Jordan called a timeout, and the Wizards responded with a nice run to end Q1 up 25-22. An evenly-played Q2 led to a 42-41 lead for Miami heading into the half.

Q3 was also evenly played as both teams scored 21 in the quarter. Alonzo Mourning went down with a minor injury which opened up the lane a bit for the Wizards. Arenas and Jamison began to capitalize. J-Will heated back up in Q4 and drained 2 3-pointers back-to-back, but Caron Butler responded with 4 straight baskets at the rim. Miami began to fall apart with poor shot attempts culminating in a 24-second violation with 30 seconds remaining. Arenas sealed the game on the next possession with a wide-open layup off a high ball screen.

Antawn Jamison had 22 points and 7 rebounds. Agent Zero recorded another double-double with with 21 points/10 assists as well as 5 steals. Caron Butler chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Superstar Dwyane Wade, who recently recovered from a month-long injury, only managed 6 points for the Heat. J-Will dominated the ball with twice as many shot attempts (21) as the next player. He had 19 points and 7 assists but also 7 TOs and 5 fouls. Shaq added 18 points.

The Wizards move to 5-5 as the struggling Heat drop to 3-8.

Player of the Game: Gilbert Arenas
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Next Game: Jan 6 @Memphis
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (5-5)

Postby Andrew on Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:53 pm

That's more like it. (Y)
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Re: [NBA Live 06] Washington Wizards | The Silver Bullet (5-5)

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