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Unlocking the NBA Season: Week 6

2011 NBA Lockout Simulation scores and results for Week 6

By Jake Westrich - WhatIfSports.com
December 14, 2011

Each Wednesday until the beginning of the NBA's abbreviated season, WhatIfSports.com's NBA simulation engine will simulate the previous week's unplayed games, using the NBA's actual 2011-2012 pre-lockout schedule. The NBA simulation includes cumulative standings updated each week, a game of the week, a player of the week and statistical leaders.

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.

Just when the NBA was at its darkest point, the lockout threatening to cancel the entire season amid a quagmire of courtroom litigations, the players and owners reached a compromise to salvage the 2011-12 campaign. A 66-game season is set to begin on December 25th.

It's a Christmas miracle!

In the meantime, we'll continue our NBA lockout simulation, revealing the previous week's results every Wednesday. Finally, on December 24th, we'll simulate the remainder of the pre-lockout schedule and announce end-of-season superlatives such as MVP, Rookie of the Year and All-NBA teams.

NBA Week 4: December 7 - December 13

Chris Paul's New Orleans Hornets are 9-10, placing them in last place in the ultra-competitive Southwest Division. Paul ranks fourth in the league in assists, averaging 11.3 per game, and his 2.4 steals are an NBA-best, but he continues to decline in the scoring column. In the 2008-09 season, Paul averaged a career-best 22.8 points per game. The following year, he only managed 18.7 per contest, and finished averaging just 15.9 last season. The trend continues this year, with Paul scoring 14.8 points per game.

The Indiana Pacers have strung together five victories and improve to 11-11 on the season. While in second place in the Central Division, they still sit seven games behind the 17-3 Chicago Bulls. The offseason roster addition of Indianapolis native George Hill, acquired from the San Antonio Spurs in a draft-day trade for rookie Kawhi Leonard, has been beneficial for the Pacers. The versatile Hill is able to relieve both Darren Collison at the point and Mike Dunleavy at shooting guard. He's averaging 8.2 points per game and has connected on a career-best 44.4 percent of his three-point tries.

For the rest of this week's action, view the full team-by-team scoreboard.

Interested in learning which players have dominated the stat books, or who the early leaders are in the MVP race? Check out the season's statistical leaders.

Game of the Week: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat

Game of the Week
TeamsQ 1Q 2Q 3Q 4FinalWIS Interactive
Heat26232039108NBA SimMatchup
Player of the Game: Andrew Bynum - 16 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists

The star power in American Airlines Arena was at capacity when Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers visited LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat in our Game of the Week.

A strong third quarter put Los Angeles in front 82-69. Despite a furious rally, the Heat were never able to close the gap and fell just short. For the Lakers, the 110-108 victory ended a two-game skid, while snapping the Heat's three-game winning streak in the process.

Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer, was held in check, tallying 21 points on 7-for-20 shooting. Andrew Bynum controlled the paint with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace each chipped in 15, and last season's Sixth Man of the Year, Lamar Odom, contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists off the bench.

James led all scorers with 29 points, adding six rebounds and five assists. Wade filled the stat sheet with 23 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals, but also turned the ball over six times. Bosh was the only effective low-post player for the Heat. His 17 points and 10 rebounds looked robust in comparison to frontcourt mates Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony and Erick Dampier, who combined for six points and 10 rebounds.

Player of the Week: Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire Week 6 Statistics
Team Record Average Points Average Rebounds Average Blocks
4-1 28.4 8.6 1.2
Amar'e Stoudemire
NBA Simulated Standings Through December 13
Eastern Conference
New York12100.545
New Jersey4180.182

View the full team-by-team scoreboard for December 7 - December 13.

Western Conference
Oklahoma City9140.391
L.A. Lakers11100.524
Golden State11110.500
L.A. Clippers7150.318
San Antonio1660.727
New Orleans9100.474


Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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