It’s not necessarily a sign that we’ll have basketball this season, but the 2011-12 schedule release at least lets us think about what it would be like if there was. We can just picture and visualize each game. Better than nothing, right?
If you want to go over the entire thing, it’s right here, but I’m going to hit on the big parts of it.
FIVE MUST-SEE HOME GAMES
1. Nuggets, Nov. 18. The Thunder’s home opener is against the Pacers Nov. 4, but the first really interesting home game comes against Denver Nov. 18. Not only is this a rematch of the heated, semi-nasty opening round playoff series last year, but it’s also a game against one of the Thunder’s top Northwest Division rivals. It feels like something is brewing in terms of animosity between the Nugget and Thunder fanbases and I get the feeling the teams don’t care for each other much either.
2. Mavericks, Dec. 29. The first opportunity for payback and redemption comes almost two months into the season. It’s a long time to wait, but you can be sure the Arena Formerly Known As The Ford Center will be amped about this one. The last time the Mavericks were in Oklahoma City, they broke the Thunder’s heart with that ridiculous 15-point comeback. No way KD, Russ and the Thunderdome are planning on letting them walk out with anything easy this time.
3. Celtics, Jan 22. Potentially, depending on what the Celtics do, this could be Jeff Green’s return to Oklahoma City. That would make it a special night by itself, but the Celtics are one of the league’s most followed, marquee teams and any time the all-time champs come to town, it’s great. It’ll be Perk’s first chance to show off his new digs to his old teammates and a game featuring two really tough and talented rosters. Keep Reading…