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November 1, 2011

Sim Season: Opening Night!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bradford Doolittle @ 12:42 pm

Well, it’s here. For about two years, we’ve known tonight was coming, the night we knew was inevitable yet hoped would never actually arrive. It’s Nov. 1, the night the NBA season was supposed to begin. On the 124th day of the lockout, now it’s real. Because the league’s opening night has always been like Christmas morning for me, all I can do is quote the initimable @NotWaltFrazier: “Did David Stern really threaten to cancel Christmas? Grinchin’ and power clinchin’!”

Ah, but it’s also an opening day of a different sorts here at Basketball Prospectus. As I described here, we’re going to be posting day-by-day results of a simulated season beginning tomorrow thanks to a collaboration with our friends at Strat-O-Matic. So if you wake up tomorrow experiencing the nasty effects of box score withdrawal, don’t head for the nearest methadone clinic. Just pull up Basketball Prospectus.

To jog your memory, here’s what’s on the slate for the first night of simulations:

  • Bulls at Mavericks: Dallas raises its first championship banner and Derrick Rose begins defense of his first MVP trophy. What more could you ask for?
  • Rockets at Jazz: Kevin McHale coaches his first game for Houston, while Enes Kanter and Alec Burks will make their respective NBA debuts for Utah.
  • Thunder at Lakers: Two prime contenders for Dallas’ Western throne square off in L.A. Will OKC’s Kevin Durant be worn out from his summer regimen of scoring about 60 points per game in an endless string of exhibitions?

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