Each Wednesday during the 2011 NBA lockout, WhatIfSports.com's NBA simulation engine will simulate the previous week's unplayed games, using the NBA's actual 2011-2012 schedule. The NBA simulation includes cumulative standings updated each week, a game of the week and a player of the week.
The statistical inputs to the NBA simulations are based upon analysis of each team's roster, depth charts and statistically-based player rankings. Rosters reflect all transactions prior to the lockout and rookies are based on players of statistical equivalence.
David Stern, Billy Hunter and their owner and player counterparts have the NBA in lockout mode. All November games have been canceled and there remains a looming threat of more cancellations on the horizon. While they feud over the league's future, the fans are left with an unsatisfied craving for basketball.
We'll be simulating every game of the NBA season for the duration of the lockout. Check back every Wednesday to review the previous week's action.
NBA Week 1: November 1 - November 8
The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs clashed in a game befitting their recent rivalry. Dirk Nowitzki's fadeaway jumper from the free-throw line missed as time expired and the Spurs held serve at home with a 115-113 victory. Manu Ginobili led all scorers with 33 points.
After an 0-4 start to the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder were finally able to secure a win, beating the Knicks 129-123. Russell Westbrook's free throws down the stretch secured the win, and he finished one rebound shy of a triple-double, posting 32 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds.
The Minnesota Timberwolves started the season 1-2, but they're no doubt pleased with the early production from their newest additions. Derrick Williams is averaging 15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds, while Ricky Rubio is averaging 4.0 points and 5.3 assists on the young season.
The Chicago Bulls started the season a perfect 4-0 with wins over the Mavericks, Hornets, Hawks and Clippers. They are joined in perfection by the Portland Trail Blazers, who tallied wins over the Nuggets, Clippers and Suns to start 3-0.
For the rest of this week's action, view the full team-by-team scoreboard.
Game of the Week: Miami Heat at New York Knicks
|Game of the Week|
|Teams||Q 1||Q 2||Q 3||Q 4||Final||WIS Interactive|
|Player of the Game: LeBron James - 38 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists|
The Miami Heat and New York Knicks kicked off their seasons with a star-studded matchup in Madison Square Garden. It was a battle of Super Friends as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh tried their hand against Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. The score was tied at 52-52 with 1:29 remaining in the second quarter, but the Heat went on a 10-0 run heading into the half and the Knicks were never able to recover. The Heat held on for a 115-112 win.
LeBron may have spurned the Knicks' advances two summers ago, but he proved the city is still his for the taking. James torched the Knicks for 38 points on 54 percent shooting and added 12 rebounds and five assists. Wade was equally as effective with 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks. The Heat connected on 12 three-pointers to the Knicks' six.
Stoudemire paced the Knicks in the losing effort, scoring 25 points. Chauncey Billups added 22 points and Anthony scored an inefficient 18 points on 6-for-18 shooting.
The Heat bench outscored the Knicks bench 41-26.
Player of the Week: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
|Dwight Howard Week 1 Statistics|
|Team Record||Average Points||Average Rebounds||Average Blocks|
|NBA Simulated Standings Through November 8|