So, the 2014-2015 schedule has been released and the Thunder will appear on national television 25 times. Oklahoma City will play in 18 sets of back-to-backs this year which is pretty brutal, especially with previous injuries the past two years. With LeBron and the Cavs coming to down and Durant going back home to Washington, there are numerous amounts of intriguing games this year.
Here are the top five:
Wednesday, Oct. 29 @ Portland 9:30 p.m on ESPN: The Thunder will open up their 2014-2015 season in Portland in one of the loudest arena’s in the league. The Trailblazers always give the Thunder trouble, and a Lillard/Westbrook match-up is always fun to watch. I wouldn’t doubt if these two teams end up one and two in the West this year, either.
Thursday, Dec. 11 vs. Cleveland 7 p.m on TNT: Does it get any better? Of course the Durant/LeBron matchup is going to be great, but how about Westbrook/Irving and Love/Ibaka? There are great match ups all over the floor, and this could very well be a finals preview.
Thursday, Dec. 25 @ San Antonio 1:30 p.m on ABC: Revenge. The Thunder will play the Spurs three times this year, twice in San Antonio. Christmas Day NBA games are always fun, and with a Western Conference Finals re-match on tap, it should be a dandy.
Wednesday, Jan. 21 @ Washington 7 p.m. on ESPN: Isn’t it crazy that this game is on ESPN? The buzz is already building for this game, which is quite frustrating. The “KD2DC” chants will be coming down from the Verizon Center, which is pretty crazy. Expect a sold-out and loud crowd in Washington.
Sunday, March 15 vs. Chicago Noon on ABC: From the looks and reports, Derrick Rose is back. We’ve been waiting for Rose and Westbrook to go head-to-head for almost two years now. It’s finally here. Oh, and hopefully the Peake Joakim Noah for choosing Chicago over Oklahoma City.
The full schedule can be seen here. It is going to be a fun year in Oklahoma City. Stay healthy.