Game forecast: Thunder's five biggest games of 2010-11
The OKC Thunder's November matchup with the Boston Celtics will provide an early test of how well OKC is playing offensively and defensively.
Nov. 7 vs. Boston
The Celtics look like they have one more championship run in them. They reloaded with Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal this summer and should again be one of the best defensive teams in the league. It'll provide an early test of where the Thunder is both offensively and defensively against some of the game's biggest stars.
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Dec. 25 vs. Denver
The team's first Christmas game since the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City should be a dandy — provided Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony is still with the team. This game will be carried nationally by ESPN, and the Thunder's home fans will be in a festive holiday spirit.
Jan. 30 vs. Miami
Consider this Oklahoma City's first showcase game of the 2010-11 regular season. A Sunday afternoon crowd will witness two of the league's hottest teams go head-to-head on ABC. It's also the lone visit Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and the Heat will make to OKC.
Feb. 27 vs. L.A. Lakers
Another Sunday afternoon tilt scheduled for ABC. This one serves up a rematch of last year's riveting first-round playoff series and a small chance at a little payback for how the Lakers ended the Thunder's season in the Ford Center in April. It's the Lakers' only trip to town in the regular season so Thunder fans will have to catch them while they can.
March 16 at Miami
The final 15 games after this second and final meeting with the Heat have some road blocks. But a road game against a Heat team that should be gearing up for the playoffs will be the final barometer for just where the Thunder is heading into the postseason.