Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC's 2013-14 schedule loaded with Sunday games

In addition to avoiding the competition with college football that Saturday games provide, many Thunder fans like the early Sunday tip times.
by Anthony Slater Published: August 10, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) pats Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) on the head as they walk off the court during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) pats Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) on the head as they walk off the court during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

That seems to be a growing preference that the Thunder organization has identified. Because even when football ends, the Sunday games don't stop.

This season, OKC is scheduled for 18 Sunday games, including 16 at home, both of which are tops in the league, with only the Lakers (17 and 14) coming close.

“It's a perfect way to cap off my weekend,” said Jane Jenkins, another OKC native and Thunder season-ticket holder. “And if I'm doing something else over the weekend, maybe if I go visit friends or family in another part of the state, I'm usually home by Sunday night, so I don't miss the game. It doesn't come in the middle of the weekend, where you have to either miss the game or cancel plans.”

Since moving to town, the NBA has always loaded the Thunder's slate with Sunday games, but this is the most in franchise history, topping the 11 that OKC had back in 2010-11.

The Thunder will only play six Saturday games this season, with one at home, second fewest in both categories (Lakers: two games, zero at home). 

And that's actually an improvement from last season, when OKC didn't play one Saturday home game.

“We've always felt that that Sunday early tip is helpful to families,” Mahoney said. “We've always driven the game toward a family environment and think all 41 of our home games have a great family environment. But it helps a family to have an hour head start before the school and workweek.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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