OKC Thunder: Taking a look at the 2012-2013 Thunder schedule
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*Late push: The last two regular-season games are at home against Sacramento and Milwaukee, which figures to help OKC's quest for a higher seed.
*Other notable visits: Nov. 28 is only visit for Houston's Jeremy Lin; Steve Nash and Lakers visit Dec. 7 and March 5; Rejuvenated Nets visit Jan. 2.
*Saturdays off: The Thunder will not have a Saturday home game this season. It's the second time the Thunder will not have a Saturday home game. The last time was in the inaugural 2008-09 season. In each of the previous three seasons, the Thunder played three Saturday home games each year.
*National exposure: The Thunder is scheduled to play before a nationally televised audience 25 times this season, an OKC record. TNT and ESPN will each broadcast 10 games apiece. ABC is scheduled to carry five Thunder games. The Thunder was scheduled for 17 nationally televised games across the TNT, ESPN and ABC networks when the scheduled was announced last season, and OKC was scheduled for 15 on the schedule's release date before to the 2009-10 season.
*Back-to-backs: 15 back-to-backs are scheduled this season. The Thunder played 18 back-to-backs in last season's abbreviated 66-game schedule. Three of the Thunder's 15 back-to-backs will be played in the first 12 days of the season.
*Game days: Monday (nine), Tuesday (eight), Wednesday (16), Thursday (nine), Friday (20), Saturday (five), Sunday (15).
JOHN ROHDE AND DARNELL MAYBERRY