Maybe EA Should Keep This Quiet


EA Sports ran some dumb simulation that predicted the Lakers will win the title.  Ok… I get it.  The Lakers are good.  Just add this to the pile of “Lakers will win it all predictions.”  But that’s not where I have my beef.  It’s with this:

The 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics remain a force, finishing third in the Eastern Conference with 44 wins before getting upset in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Miami Heat. Despite struggling throughout the 2007-08 season, the Heat advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since their NBA Championship win in 2006.

Yeah, that’s right.  The Heat.  The Miami Heat.  Not only that… the Heat win 55 games and take the Lakers to 6 games.  The Celtics… well, the Celtics win 44 games in this simulation.  44 games.  Come on.

I don’t know about you guys… but this makes me not want to buy the game at all.  44 wins for the Celtics?  55 for Miami?  I put their press release after the jump.  Go buy NBA 2K9

An EA SPORTS™ videogame simulation of the entire 2008–09 season using NBA LIVE 09 predicts that the Los Angeles Lakers will reach The Finals for the second year in a row, this time emerging victorious over the Miami Heat in six games. The 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics remain a force, finishing third in the Eastern Conference with 44 wins before getting upset in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Miami Heat. Despite struggling throughout the 2007-08 season, the Heat advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since their NBA Championship win in 2006.

 NBA LIVE 09 simulation Award Winners:

·         Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming completes an injury-free season and captures the MVP Award after posting 25.8 ppg and 11.1 rpg.

·         Kobe Bryant of the championship winning Lakers leads the league in scoring with 27.9 ppg.

·         Rockets’ Ming, Lakers’ Bryant and Pau Gasol, Celtics’ Paul Pierce and the Denver Nuggets’ Allen Iverson complete the All-NBA First Team.

·         Memphis Grizzles’ OJ Mayo will take home Rookie of the Year honors.

·         Randy Foye of the Minnesota Timberwolves is awarded Most Improved Player Award. 

·         In addition to capturing the NBA Championship, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson will take home Coach of the Year honors.

 A simulation is conducted by artificial intelligence or logic of the videogame that uses real-life data from each player. Results are extrapolated by the videogame when two teams match up based on player ratings, line combinations, and include variances such as injuries and hot streaks to give a realistic outcome of a game or series.

 Pre-season simulations make the assumption that teams will stay healthy and play a season without any big trades, which would alter the end result. NBA LIVE 09 can now be used as a predictive throughout the season to simulate results of big match ups and the rest of the season with authentic data driving the artificial intelligence.

 Powered by Synergy Sports Technology – the premier analytics provider of NBA data for more than 20 NBA teams – Dynamic DNA emulates an NBA player with absolute precision. Synergy Sports Technology indexes each possession of every NBA game in real time. This data will drive the logic of the game and update every single day of the season to reflect what you see on the court in your virtual experience. NBA LIVE 09 can now be used as a legitimate predictive tool and will be made fresh daily, with the start of the 2008-09 NBA season on October 28.

 Final Regular Season Standings:

Western Conference           W                     L                      Win %

1 Los Angeles                     65                     17                     0.793

2 Houston                           59                     23                     0.720

3 Dallas                              54                     28                     0.659

4 New Orleans                    53                     29                     0.646

5 Denver                             50                     32                     0.610

6 San Antonio                     50                     32                     0.610

7 LA Clippers                      47                     35                     0.573

8 Phoenix                          46                     35                     0.573

9 Utah                               45                     37                     0.549

10 Portland                        33                     49                     0.402

11 Golden State                31                     51                     0.378

12 Memphis                      30                     52                     0.366

13 Sacramento                 29                     53                     0.354

14 Minnesota                    28                     54                     0.341

15 Oklahoma City              23                     59                     0.280


Eastern Conference          W                     L                      Win %

1 Miami                             55                     27                     0.671

2 Detroit                            48                     34                     0.585

3 Boston                           44                     38                     0.537

4 Chicago                         41                     41                     0.500

5 Cleveland                       41                     41                     0.500

6 Orlando                         40                     42                     0.488

7 Toronto                         40                     42                     0.488

8 Charlotte                       39                     43                     0.476

9 Milwaukee                     37                     45                     0.451

10 New Jersey                  37                     45                     0.451

11 Philadelphia                  37                     45                     0.451

12 Atlanta                        36                     46                     0.439

13 New York                     32                     50                     0.390

14 Washington                  30                     52                     0.355

15 Indiana                        29                     53                     0.354


6 Responses

  1. I like the OJ Mayo and Randy Foye picks but how do they have miami over Boston and Philadelphia in 11th place… I think phili is atleast a top 8 team.

  2. Hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahah

  3. I did the same thing with NBA 2k8 and the Sonics won. Does that mean anything?

  4. No… it means nothing. Which is why EA Sports might want to clam up about it. They’re promoting the “realism” of the game… this doesn’t seem very realistic. Seems like a bad sales pitch to me.

  5. D-Wade did look good at the Olympics, so if he’s healthy they have a chance to get it…

    BUT 44 wins??!! A few games over .500? Ill take the over please. Then again, I don’t really care about their record, as long as defense wins championships, I’m good. Can’t wait for tomorrow to see that banner get raised to the rafters, it’s been TOO LONG.

  6. Me thinks they should have done a few simulations, and picked the best one. I agree, why on EARTH would anybody use this information to market a game that prides itself on simulation?

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