The NBA and the NBAPA are meeting at this moment to figure out a way to end this lockout. If for some reason they can't come to an agreement, check out this the folks over at Basketball Prospectus as they run a simulated season of the the 2011-12 NBA Season. As of last night the games that were played, here are some of the outcomes (all information from Basketball Prospectus):
PACERS 119, ROCKETS 115: Danny Granger (16 points) and Darren Collison
(12) led a 37-point first quarter for Indiana, during which the Pacers
led by as many as 15. Indiana pushed the lead to 22 in the second
quarter before Houston finished the half strong. Nevertheless, Indiana
tacked on 38 more points in the second period, giving them--I'll do the
math for you--a robust 75-point first half. Houston plugged its
defensive gaps in the second half, holding Indiana to 17 points in the
third. Marcus Morris scored the last four points on a 12-5 closing surge
that left the game tied entering the final quarter. It was nip-and-tuck
down the stretch. Kevin Martin scored off the break to put Houston up 110-108 with 2:19 to play. Granger answered with a three. Luis Scola's
old school three-point play put the Rockets back in front 115-114 at
the 1:04 mark. Granger was then fouled on a three attempt and sank all
three free throws. Martin missed a three, but Houston retained the ball
when the rebound was knocked out of bounds. Chase Budinger
missed another three and Granger made two free throws to seal the win.
Granger was fantastic, needing just 21 shots to put up 42 points.
HEAT 88, JAZZ 81: Miami entered the game 2-1 but sported an
average point differential of +17.7 after winning consecutive home
blowouts. There was no blowout this time around after an 11-2 run gave
Utah a four-point lead early in the third quarter. The Jazz stretched
the lead to six before Udonis Haslim scored in the paint and Eddie House
hit a three, drawing Miami within a point entering the fourth quarter.
Those hoops ended up sparking a 13-point run that gave the Heat the
upper hand. The Jazz stayed within shouting distance, but never seriously challenged the rest of the way as Miami won its third straight. Dwyane Wade enjoyed his best game of the season, scoring 28 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
KNICKS 116, THUNDER 110: I suspect this would have been NBA TV's featured game on Tuesday, and it would have been an excellent choice. Kevin Durant versus Carmelo Anthony
in Madison Square Garden--what's not to love? Both teams were starved
for a win after starting the season slow and played like it. The Knicks
seized a 14-point lead on Toney Douglas'
three midway through the second quarter and led by eight at the half,
with Douglas' 13 points leading the way. Durant went on a spree early in
the third, scoring 12 points in less than four minutes, drawing the
Thunder within three. New York pushed back, stretching the lead back to
13 on Douglas' hoop late in the third. The Thunder had another burst left, scoring the first nine points of the fourth to tie the game. The teams traded baskets before Bill Walker's fastbreak dunk capped a 7-2 run that put the Knicks
up five with 4:06 to play and New York led by at least six over the
last 3:21. Anthony scored 14 of his 32 in the fourth. The
streak-shooting Douglas finished with 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting. The
Thunder fell to 1-4 on the young season.
BULLS 122, CLIPPERS 88: The Clippers slipped by the Bulls 100-99 in their only meeting in Chicago last season, snapping the Bulls' seven-game winning streak when Derrick Rose
missed a free throw after time had expired. This time around, Tom
Thibodeau's bench led a 32-18 second quarter burst that left Chicago up
by 20 at halftime. It was never really a ballgame, as Chicago led by as
many as 35 in the second half and improved to 3-1 on the season. The
Bulls outrebounded the Clippers 51-21, grabbed more than half their own misses and outscored L.A.
20-1 on second-chance points. If this were the real thing, you'd be
questioning the effort of Vinny Del Negro's squad in his second trip
back to the arena in which he once coached.
GRIZZLIES 116, SUNS 100: A tough test for the surprising Suns,
who entered the game as one of four unbeaten teams left in the league.
Memphis went on a 23-11 run during the first half and led by 13 at the
break with Rudy Gay's
12 points leading the way. Gay entered the game averaging 29.7 points
per contest. He finished with 26 this time out, as the Grizzlies led by
double digits for the entire second half and came evened their record at
2-2. The Suns are no longer perfect after getting pounded in transition (44-24) and in the paint (34-18). The bad news for Memphis: Zach Randolph was injured and will miss a couple of games.
Great site and great simulation. I'll definitely be checking back in the near future, especially if the real NBA guys can't get it together.