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OKC Thunder: Who should the Thunder play on Christmas Day?

by Erik Horne Published: August 12, 2014
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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks to pass around New York Knicks point guard Beno Udrih (18) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in New York. The Thunder won 123-94. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks to pass around New York Knicks point guard Beno Udrih (18) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in New York. The Thunder won 123-94. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The NBA schedule will be released on Wednesday at 5 p.m., which means Christmas comes early for Thunder and NBA fans worldwide.

As for the real Christmas, the Thunder has become as much a part of the NBA’s yearly tradition as any team, playing in four consecutive Christmas Day contests. The Thunder’s last Dec. 25 game was a Madison Square Garden massacre.

Here are the Thunder’s last four Christmas Day games:

2010-11: Win vs. Denver 114-106. Kevin Durant scores 44 points, only taking two shots in fourth quarter.
2011-12: Win vs. Orlando 97-89. The Thunder open the lockout-shortened season with a victory. The Thunder wins 16 of its first 20.
2012-13: Lost at Miami 103-97. The Heat played with more poise and precision, said Darnell Mayberry. Kendrick Perkins said the Thunder needed to turn off the TV.
2013-14: Win at N.Y Knicks 123-94. No Carmelo Anthony. Westbrook in one of his best performances. Beno Udrih doing Beno Udrih things (IN SLEEVES).

(And yes, I’ll take any opportunity I can to post this video)

 

 

The Thunder is a must-see matchup now in the NBA, so let’s assume OKC is going to play on Dec. 25 again. Who should they play and why? What would make the most compelling Christmas Day matchup for OKC?

ESPN has reported that the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet up in one game, while the Los Angeles Times reported that the Clippers and Golden State Warriors will meet in another game. The NBA had five Christmas Day games last season.

Don’t be surprised if the NBA pulls this one:

The Thunder coverage crew will take a more in-depth look at the schedule in Thursday’s Oklahoman.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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