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OKC Thunder: LeBron James, new-look Cleveland Cavaliers to visit OKC on Dec. 11

by Darnell Mayberry Published: August 13, 2014
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LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavilers will visit Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 11. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, The Oklahoman Archives
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LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavilers will visit Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 11. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, The Oklahoman Archives Bryan Terry -

LeBron James and the new look Cleveland Cavaliers will make their lone visit to Oklahoma City on Thursday, Dec. 11.

In addition to James being back in a Cavs uniform, Cleveland also is expected to have Kevin Love on its roster following an impending trade later this month. Along with point guard and reigning All-Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving, the Cavs are considered to be forming a similar "Big Three" to the one in which James journeyed to four straight NBA Finals as a member of the Miami Heat.

CBSSports.com first reported Cleveland's scheduled visit.

The NBA will release its league-wide schedule later Wednesday.

A few other marquee dates include Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers again making two trips to Oklahoma City this season, the first on Sunday, Feb. 8. They'll return Wednesday, March 11.

The Thunder and Clippers split last year's four-game series, with each team winning once on the other's home court. The two teams later met in the Western Conference Semifinals, with Oklahoma City eventually winning the series in six games.

Derrick Rose is scheduled to take the court inside Chesapeake Energy Arena again for the first time in four seasons when his Chicago Bulls make their only appearance on Sunday, March 15. Rose has played in only 10 games over the past two seasons due to knee injuries, and been limited to just 49 contests over the past three seasons. He missed the game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City in the 2011-12 season because of a groin injury.

The last time Rose played inside Chesapeake Energy Arena was Oct. 27, 2010, the opener of the 2010-11 season. He went on to win the league's Most Valuable Player award that season, averaging 25 points, 4.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists. He played in 81 games and led the Bulls to a league-best 62-20 record.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the electric duo that has been dubbed "The Splash Brothers," will come to town with Golden State on Sunday, Nov. 23.

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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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