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NBA Schedule: Key Matchups for the Thunder

It’s that time of the year again where the league announces the official NBA schedule for the 2014-2015 NBA season. So without further ado, let’s take a look at some key games for the Thunder this upcoming season:

October 29 @ Portland: OKC opens the season with a tough matchup versus a mildly improved Blazers team who boosted their bench by signing veterans PG Steve Blake and C Chris Kaman.  The same starting lineup of Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicholas Batum, Lamarcus Aldridge, and Robin Lopez will prove to be a tough opening game for the Thunder.

October 30 @ LAC: Following a tough opening game against the Blazers, the Thunder have to travel south to face their Western Conference adversaries from last years semifinals, the Clippers.  This squad will look much the same with the exception of the absence of PG Darren Collison and the additions of PG Jordan Farmar and 3-point shooting extraordinaire C Spencer Hawes.  Look for a heated, intense game as the Clips look to seek revenge after last years playoffs.

November 1 vs. Denver: The first home game of the season for OKC, the Nuggets will feature a fully healthy team after last years injury debacle.  Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, and Co. should provide a tough matchup for the Thunder.

November 11 @ Milwaukee: While this game might not prove much of a challenge, tune into this game for a chance to see potential Rookie of the Year winner Jabari Parker in action.

November 23 vs. Golden State: After last year’s epic game in OKC versus the Warriors, get ready for an exciting, offensive showdown that could possibly end with another buzzer-beater.

December 11 vs. Cleveland: I’ll be watching this game for one reason: Tristan Thompson.  In all seriousness, tune into this game to watch a battle between the league’s two best players, LeBron James and Kevin Durant; an exciting PG battle between Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook; and a rebounding showdown between Kevin Love and Serge Ibaka.

December 25 vs. San Antonio: Another year, another Christmas game for the Thunder.  This time OKC will be traveling down the Alamo for a much anticipated rematch of a Western Conference Finals that had many wondering what could have happened if Serge Ibaka had been healthy.  Don’t miss this game.

December 26 vs. Charlotte: Two years ago I wouldn’t have gone to this game for free, but the new look Hornets have proved their worth.  After a solid playoff series versus Miami last year, the Hornets brought in SG Lance Stephenson to blow in some other people’s ears.  With Kemba Walker running the point and C Al Jefferson dancing like a ballerina in the post, this should a tight contest.

January 26 vs. Minnesota: While this team may be lacking the explosiveness of Kevin Love, it now boasts arguably the most athletic lineup in the league.  Potential ROY candidate Andrew Wiggins will look to live up to his No. 1 draft pick status, expect Kevin Martin to shoot lights out, and a talented cast of Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Glenn Robinson III, and Corey Brewer will look to shine against the league’s stars,

February 11 vs. Memphis: After last season’s seven-game series that saw suspensions, elbows, and Joey Crawfords, look for a heated, defensive game between these two Western Conference rivals.

February 19 vs. Dallas: Dallas always proves a tough matchup for the Thunder, and with the additions of Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, and Raymond Felton to go along with the core of Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki, look for a tight shootout in the ‘Peake.

March 15 vs. Chicago: Derrick Rose will be returning to OKC, this time with a formidable team with him that includes reigning Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, Iron Man Jimmy Butler, and the man himself Pau Gasol.  And don’t forget about Doug McDermott, who will look to shine on national television against KD and the Thunder.

April 7 vs. San Antonio: In a game that could have seeding implications for both teams, look for the Thunder to come out fired up and gunning to finish the season out strong.

 

Looks like it’s gonna be a long, intense season for the Thunder, but this season the Slim Reaper won’t be all by his lonesome.  Right Hasheem?

 

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