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Answering Questions About The Thunder’s Schedule

by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 6, 2011

The NBA has released the full 2011-12 schedule, and there are plenty of questions about how things will shook out for the Thunder.

Here’s a quick attempt to provide some answers.

Q: Which marquee teams are coming and when?
A: Dallas on Dec. 29 and March 5. New York on Jan. 14. Boston on Feb. 22. Lakers on Feb. 23 (one visit). Clippers on March 21 and April 11. Miami on March 25. Chicago on April 1.

Q: When does the Thunder travel to play the marquee teams?
A: At Dallas on Jan. 2 and Feb. 1. At Boston on Jan. 16. At the Clippers on Jan. 30 and April 16. At Orlando on March 1. At the Lakers on March 29 and April 22. At Miami on April 4.

Q: Which six Eastern Conference teams aren’t coming to Oklahoma City?
A: Atlanta, Indiana, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington.

Q: Which six Eastern Conference cities will the Thunder not go to?
A: Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York and Toronto.

Q: How many national television games does the Thunder have?
A: Seventeen on ESPN, TNT and ABC, as well as another seven on NBA TV. Nine will be on ESPN, six will be on TNT and two will be on ABC.

Q: What’s the breakdown of games by day?
A: Eight games on Sunday, 11 games on Monday, eight games on Tuesday, 14 games on Wednesday, six games on Thursday, 11 games on Friday and eight games on Saturday.

Q: How many back-to-back-to-backs?
A: 18 back-to-backs. The Thunder had 17 last year.

Q: How many back-to-back-to-backs?
A: One. And the Thunder lucked out with a relatively easy regional one. OKC will play at home against Houston on Jan. 6 before traveling to Houston to face the Rockets on Jan. 7 and coming back to Chesapeake Energy Arena to play San Antonio on Jan. 8.

Q: How many five games in six nights?
A: One. Jan. 6-11. It begins with the lone back-to-back-to-back and ends with a road back-to-back at Memphis and at New Orleans.

Q: What’s the longest home stand?
A: There are two five-game home stands. The first is Feb. 17-23 against Golden State, Denver, New Orleans, Boston and the L.A. Lakers. The second is March 5-13 against Dallas, Phoenix, Cleveland, Charlotte and Houston.

Q: What’s the longest road trip?
A: The Thunder has two five-game road trips. The first is from Feb. 4-10, with visits to Sacramento, Portland, Golden State, Sacramento and Utah. The second is from April 14-22, with games at Minnesota, the L.A. Clippers, Phoenix, Sacramento and the L.A. Lakers.

Q: What’s the toughest stretch?
A: Jan. 17 through Feb. 10. During that stretch, the Thunder will play eight of nine games on the road. Four of those games will be against playoff teams from a year ago.

Q: When is the regular season finale for the Thunder?
A: April 25 at home against Denver.


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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