A Closer Look at the Thunder's 2013-14 Schedule
The NBA announced this season’s schedule on Tuesday, and for the Thunder, it is filled with a slate of games with Western Conference implications and other high-profile matchups. The Thunder will play 30 nationally-televised contests, including four on ABC, 10 on TNT, 10 on ESPN, and six on NBA TV. In addition, the Thunder’s exclusive local and regional television partner FOX Sports Oklahoma will carry the majority of the schedule, 71 games.
The 2013-14 schedule will be fan friendly with 22 home games set to be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and all 15 home Sunday contests are slated to start in the afternoon or in the early evening at 6:00 p.m.
The season begins with a two-game road trip to battle Northwest Division opponents with a trip to Utah to face the Jazz (10/30) and then to Minnesota to matchup with the Timberwolves (11/1). The Thunder then returns to Oklahoma City for its home opener at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Phoenix Suns (11/3), followed by a home tilt against the Dallas Mavericks (11/6).
The Thunder will spend Thanksgiving in Oklahoma City with home clashes against the San Antonio Spurs (11/27) and the Golden State Warriors (11/29) surrounding the national holiday. Those games are a part of one of the Thunder’s two six-game home stands during the year. This early-season stint at Chesapeake Energy Arena begins with the Denver Nuggets (11/18) and ends with the Minnesota Timberwolves (12/1).
The first of the Thunder’s three longest road trips of the season begins immediately after the home stand, with a game against the Sacramento Kings (12/3) beginning a stretch of five-out-of-six contests away from home that ends with a battle against the Memphis Grizzlies (12/11).
For the fourth straight year, the Thunder has been selected to play on Christmas Day, this year traveling to New York to face the Knicks in Madison Square Garden (12/25). In addition, the Thunder will host its traditional Opening Night celebration with a home game on New Year’s Eve versus the Portland Trail Blazers (12/31).
A tough stretch, featuring two three-game road trips with one home game slotted in between, marks the end of January. The stint starts with a trip to San Antonio for a game against the Spurs (1/22) and concludes with a back-to-back set at the Brooklyn Nets (1/31) and Washington Wizards (2/1). The slate of back-to-back contests is one of 15 sets the Thunder has on the schedule this year.
That long road stretch is balanced by nine of 11 games at home, including another section of six straight immediately after the All-Star break in New Orleans. That half-dozen-game home stand begins with a matchup against the Miami Heat (2/20) and concludes with a Tuesday clash against the Philadelphia 76ers (3/4).
The Thunder will close out the season with a challenging stretch of six out of seven games on the road, including a four-game West Coast swing starting against the Houston Rockets (4/4) and ending with a back-to-back set at the Indiana Pacers (4/13) and at the New Orleans Hornets (4/14). The Thunder concludes the 2013-14 schedule with a home game against the Detroit Pistons (4/16).
In addition to the national and local TV schedule, all games are broadcast on the Thunder Radio Network, led by WWLS-FM (98.1) The Sports Animal. Single-game tickets for home games during the season go on sale to the general public at a later date, closer to the start of the season.
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