Oklahoma City Thunder: Revised, reduced schedule could get tricky for the Thunder

NBA LABOR AGREEMENT: The tentative agreement to end the NBA lockout calls for the season to start Christmas Day. On the orginal schedule, the Thunder had only 54 games remaining after Christmas, so major revisions are in order.
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: November 26, 2011

The NBA confirmed there will still be an All-Star Game in Orlando (Feb. 24-26), which eliminates an opportunity to squeeze in a few games. As a result, the season will conclude one to two weeks later than originally scheduled, which also will bump the 2012 NBA Draft to a later than usual date.

The key to completing any schedule is arena availability.

Many original NBA dates will remain the same because the arena already has been booked. However, the opponent might change.

For example, the New York Knicks were supposed to play at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Jan. 13 and still might, or the Thunder instead could end up playing someone else that same night.

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