Oh, so close.
For the first time – and almost certainly the last time – the Thunder will play back-to-back home games against the two most storied franchises in NBA history.
The league rarely schedules teams to play back-to-back home games. This season became the exception thanks to a 149-day lockout that led to a 66-game schedule being crammed into 119 days (minus the All-Star break).
The Thunder played back-to-back home games for the first time ever on Sunday and Monday with victories over Denver and New Orleans. OKC will double-dip again Wednesday and Thursday against two franchises that have combined to win 33 of the 65 NBA championships to date.
Podunk Oklahoma City, a place many never imagined would become home to a major pro franchise of any kind, came within hours of having the Celtics and Lakers simultaneously parked on the same air charter tarmac and staying in hotels located one block apart – the Celtics at the Sheraton; the Lakers at the Skirvin.
Two meteors nearly collided in America's Heartland. (By the way, the next sighting of Halley's comet is due in mid-2061.)
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers will miss each other by roughly 2½ hours late Wednesday.
The Celtics will depart Will Rogers World Airport around 10 p.m. after playing a 6 p.m. game Wednesday against the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Lakers will touch down in OKC around 12:30 a.m. Thursday after playing a 7:30 p.m. game Wednesday at Dallas. The Thunder and Lakers will play at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at The Peake.
It's only Hump Day, and already it's been a historic week for OKC.
On Sunday night, Kevin Durant (51 points), Russell Westbrook (40 points) and Serge Ibaka (15 rebounds, 14 points, 11 blocked shots) made the Thunder the first NBA team in history to have a 50-point player, a 40-point player and a triple-double player all in the same game.
On Wednesday night, OKC commences a home back-to-back against the Celtics and Lakers that will never happen again.
Oh, it's possible, we suppose. If there ever is another NBA lockout, followed by a ridiculously compressed makeshift schedule, plus an unimaginable set of circumstances such as Durant-Westbrook-Ibaka still being side-by-side-by-side here at age 65 or whatever, then by all means, feel free to catch the next go-round.