NBA’s interest on Oklahoma City Thunder remains undiminished. The league-wide schedule released during the weekend reflects that fact.
Thunder will be featuring in the marquee match-ups, despite the team having missed a playoff berth last season for the first time in six years.
Thunder will start their regular season campaign against rivals San Antonio Spurs on October 28 at home for the second time in four seasons. LaMarcus Aldridge will be donning Spurs’ colors this season, and a mouth-watering contest is on the cards for the fans. A brand new contest against a new-looking San Antonio team, the Thunder conceded the opener by two at San Antonio in 2012-13.
There is something more to cherish for Oklahoma fans, as Thunder will host Derick Rose’s Chicago Bulls in the league’s Christmas slate.
The Christmas Showcase
For the sixth consecutive season Oklahoma City Thunder will be featuring in the league’s biggest showcase, Christmas Day slate, this time at home.
Though the schedule released hasn’t fixed the timings of the match-up, an afternoon show is expected to be on the cards.
Thunder hosted a Christmas Day game for the last time in 2011 against the Orlando Magics. In that match-up, they emerged victorious against Magic inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The team has a enviable Christmas Day record so far, having won 4 of its 5 clashes. They defeated Magic in 2011, New York in 2013 and San Antonio in 2014. The franchise’s only defeat on the auspicious day was at Miami in 2012.
Two other keen contest of Western Conference on Christmas Day are the Lakers versus the Clippers and Cleveland playing at the defending champion Golden State Warriors.