Today: vs. Orlando, 7 p.m. (ESPN) — Finally, after a 149-day lockout and missing 16 regular-season games, let's light this candle — on Christmas Day, no less.
Monday: at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (FSO) — There is pressure on the Thunder. OKC doesn't want to be the team that ends the Timberwolves' 15-game losing streak.
Wednesday: at Memphis, 7 p.m. (FSO) — Last year's Western Conference semifinal matchup is revisited. The Grizzlies now have Rudy Gay, but lost Shane Battier.
Thursday: vs. Dallas, 7 p.m. (TNT) — Last year's Western Conference Finals matchup is revisited. The Mavericks now have Lamar Odom, but lost Tyson Chandler.
Saturday: vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m. (FSO) — The Thunder will be looking to push its New Year's Eve record to 4-0 — all at home — since moving to Oklahoma City.
NBA important dates for the 2011-12 season and beyond
Dec. 25: Start of 66-game season.
Jan. 25: Deadline for rookie contract extensions.
Feb. 6: 10-day contracts can be signed.
Feb. 10: All contracts guaranteed for remainder of the year.
Feb. 24-26: 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend (Orlando).
March 15: Trade deadline.
April 11-14: Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament.
April 26: Regular season ends.
April 27: NBA playoff rosters set (2 p.m.).
April 28: Playoffs begin.
April 29: Draft early entry eligibility deadline (10:59 p.m.).
May 14-15: Conference semifinals (possibly move up to May 12-13).
May 28-29: Conference finals (possibly move up to May 26-27).
May 30: Draft Lottery.
June 12: Finals begin.
June 18: Draft early entrant withdrawal deadline (4 p.m.).
June 26: Last possible date for Game 7 of Finals.
June 28: 2012 NBA Draft.
July 1-10: Moratorium period.
July 11: Teams may begin signing free agents.
July 27-Aug. 12: 21012 Summer Olympics (London).
Source — NBA