Note: since there is no basketball, and we were supposed to have games, we will imagine there were games. With the help of AccuScore, Strat-o-Matic and Basketball Prospectus, we can imagine an NBA season even if there is not one actually going on. So with that, we begin to imagine the 2011-12 season.
There is no end in sight. Things are just kind of going the same as they always have. And everyone is beginning to take notice.
The Orlando Magic have eight consecutive wins in the Strat-O-Matic simulation and are 8-2 through the first 10 games. It is a long way from the two disheartening losses to start the season. But the Magic are clearly becoming one of the top teams in simulated basketball.
The Magic shot 50 percent from the floor and grabbed a third of their misses to defeat the Hornets 108-91. A 38-point second quarter proved to be more than enough to give Orlando a lead it would not relinquish.
Bradford Doolittle, who is organizing and recapping all this fun during the lockout, had this to say about the Magic:
The Magic has certainly emerged as one of those neat little early-season narratives. The Magic lost its opener at home to Charlotte then traveled to Miami (in a virtual sense of course) and was pounded by Miami to the tune of 34 points. Since then, Orlando has reeled off eight straight wins, seven of them by double digits. As a result, the Magic stand percentage points behind the Heat at the top of the Eastern Conference. The rematch is Nov. 29 and we can already circle that date on our Sim Season calendars.
Yes, that Thanksgiving weekend battle with Miami is going to be pretty epic. Much like it was last year when the Magic defeated the Heat and everything seemed great. Little did we know a trade that would change the face of the franchise would come a month later.
All five starters scored in double figures led by Jameer Nelson's 24 points. Dwight Howard and 22 and 12 to pace the Magic down low. Orlando hit 10 of 24 3-pointers. So, yes, Orlando is very good. At least they would be.
So let's turn back to reality for a brief moment. Rumors began trickling out in the wake of the NBA's disclaimer of interest that Dwight Howard might be fielding an offer from Real Madrid. Howard quickly shot down those rumors.
Hedo Turkoglu's agent also told the Orlando Sentinel that Turkoglu has received and is weighing several offers from European teams. Turkoglu spends his offseason in Turkey usually and his game fits the international game well.
While the Magic may not be playing as a team, we might be seeing more of the Magic playing overseas.
The good news is that Justin Harper is playing extremely well for Strasbourg. Harper is averaging 15.8 points per game in his last four games and has hit on 53.5 percent of his field goal attempts. Very promising for one of Orlando's future players.
So, it seems like things are going well both in real and fake basketball life.