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Unlocking the NBA Season: Week 7

2011 NBA Lockout Simulation scores and results for Week 7

By Jake Westrich - WhatIfSports.com
December 21, 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 14 - December 20

The Chicago Bulls hold claim to the league's best win percentage. At 18-5, the Bulls are three wins improved from this time a season ago, when they were 15-8 on their way to an NBA-best 62-20 record. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose is putting together another season worthy of superlatives, averaging 21.6 points and 9.9 assists. Joakim Noah has been a defensive stalwart and leads the team in rebounds, blocks and steals, averaging 12.2 boards, 1.7 blocks and 1.1 steals. The Bulls lead the league in points allowed and opponent field goal percentage.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Toronto Raptors are off to the franchise's worst start since the 1997-98 season. At 3-21, it could be a long year for the Raptors. Toronto's troubles start with rebounding and defense. They collect the fewest boards in the league and surrender more points than any other team. Both of the team's top scorers, Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan, are down from last year's pace as well. Bargnani's 18.5 points per game are 2.9 fewer than last year and DeRozan's 15.6 points are 1.8 fewer than he managed a year ago.

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: Phoenix Suns at Houston Rockets

Game of the Week
TeamsQ 1Q 2Q 3Q 4FinalWIS Interactive
Rockets30262638120NBA SimMatchup
Player of the Game: Steve Nash - 15 points, 14 assists, 4 rebounds

The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets met at the Toyota Center for our Game of the Week carrying nearly identical records. The 12-11 Suns entered the game on an upswing, claiming back-to-back wins, while the 12-10 Rockets, winners of their most recent matchup, hadn't posted consecutive victories in their past 10 tries. For two twins, Markieff and Marcus Morris, the game also served as a reunion. Markieff was the 13th selection of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Suns. Just one pick later, the Rockets selected Marcus.

The Suns set a fast tempo early, taking a 57-56 advantage into halftime. The strength of the Rockets proved their outside shooting, as they connected on 21 of 44 three-point attempts in the game. It wasn't quite enough to hang with the Suns though, and Phoenix emerged with the 124-120 victory.

The game's family feud didn't live up to the hype as both Markieff and Marcus Morris played sparingly. A better matchup turned out to pit pass-first point guards Steve Nash and Kyle Lowry against one another. Lowry won the battle statistically, notching 16 points and 15 assists to Nash's 15 points and 14 assists, but the nod goes to Nash since his Suns proved victorious.

Nash was one of seven Suns to score in double figures. Marcin Gortat led the Suns' scoring effort with 21 points to go along with nine rebounds and three blocks.

Kevin Martin's 35 points led all scorers. Chuck Hayes added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets.

Player of the Week: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin Week 7 Statistics
Team Record Average Points Average Rebounds Average Assists
3-1 22.0 14.0 4.8
Blake Griffin
NBA Simulated Standings Through December 20
Eastern Conference
New York13120.520
New Jersey4210.160

View the full team-by-team scoreboard for December 14 - December 20.

Western Conference
Oklahoma City11150.423
L.A. Lakers13120.520
Golden State11150.423
L.A. Clippers10160.385
San Antonio1880.692
New Orleans11110.500


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

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