San Antonio's seven-game road discrepancy illustrates how much of a break the Thunder got to start this season. While Monday's game is the Thunder's 16th home game of the season it's the Spurs' 16th road game.
If the Thunder was to maintain its current pace, Oklahoma City would win 68 games. You'd be hard-pressed to find many who believe that level of success is sustainable. On the surface, a rough patch, in whatever form, seems unavoidable in this next stretch, which is why it will be such a good challenge.
Oklahoma City's road test starts Wednesday at Atlanta (a team that already defeated the Thunder in OKC) before continuing on the second night of a back-to-back at Minnesota. The Thunder will then fly home for a few practices but hit the road again for the highly anticipated NBA Finals rematch on Christmas at Miami.
That cross-country tour is one of two three-game trips the Thunder has scheduled through January. Within that batch also is the team's season-long six-game road trip that starts in Dallas and swings through Denver, Los Angeles (against the Clippers), Golden State and Sacramento before ending in L.A. (against the Lakers).
“Sometimes it's harder on the road, but sometimes it's easier. too,” Collison said. “Sometimes at home you get too lackadaisical. But our focus just has to be good to keep it going.”