OKC Thunder: Taking a look at the 2012-2013 Thunder schedule

Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers visit Chesapeake Arena on Dec. 7 and March 5.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 26, 2012

*Think big: From Feb. 24 through March 11, the Thunder hosts Chicago, Boston and the Lakers and will play road games against Denver, the Clippers, New York and San Antonio.

*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).


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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