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Oklahoma City Thunder: Revised, reduced schedule could get tricky for the Thunder

NBA LABOR AGREEMENT: The tentative agreement to end the NBA lockout calls for the season to start Christmas Day. On the orginal schedule, the Thunder had only 54 games remaining after Christmas, so major revisions are in order.
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: November 26, 2011

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).

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