Say I'm flying heading 275 and am headed in to land on runway 16 at a towered airport in Class D airspace. I'm 8 miles to the east and have been cleared: "report 2 mile left base runway 16". Should I go for a standard 45 degree traffic pattern entry to downwind at midfield or should I fly straight to the base and report when 2 miles east of the runway?
In this case I went straight for the base and reported and didn't get yelled at by the controller but I'm curious what the correct thing to do is in this situation.
I'm not asking what a 2 mile base is, I'm asking where I should enter the pattern if instructed to report on 2 mile base.