Pending approval of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement, the Thunder will play 66 games this season and, yes, you can throw away the original schedule.
The league's initial 2011-12 schedule became obsolete when cancelations were first made Oct. 10.
An NBA schedule must be balanced against conference and division teams, making it impossible to simply move forward as scheduled from Dec. 25.
The Thunder would have played 28 games by Christmas Day, which would have left only 54 games in a 66-game schedule.
OKC already would have played San Antonio three times, the Los Angeles Lakers twice and completed home-and-home series against Eastern Conference opponents Toronto and Indiana.
When the amended regular-season schedule will be made public is not exactly known.
Late Saturday afternoon, NBA officials did not provide answers to basic scheduling questions such as how many games would be played against division opponents (normally four), or how many games against teams from the opposite conference (normally 30; home-and-home against 15 teams).
The NBA confirmed there will still be an All-Star Game in Orlando (Feb. 24-26), which eliminates an opportunity to squeeze in a few games. As a result, the season will conclude one to two weeks later than originally scheduled, which also will bump the 2012 NBA Draft to a later than usual date.
The key to completing any schedule is arena availability.
Many original NBA dates will remain the same because the arena already has been booked. However, the opponent might change.
For example, the New York Knicks were supposed to play at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Jan. 13 and still might, or the Thunder instead could end up playing someone else that same night.