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Big Stretch of Games Coming Up

Chuck Chaney February 26, 2013 Comments Off

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We’re already a huge chunk into the season, the Thunder are sitting pretty at 41-15 on the season, just roughly 68 percent of the season. After Wednesday’s game with New Orleans, the Thunder will hit a huge stretch of games that could really help determine where we sit in the final conference standings.

Over the Next Seven games, the Thunder will play a tough schedule:

  • Friday, March 1st: at Denver
  • Sunday, March 3rd: at Clippers
  • Tuesday, March 5th: vs. Lakers
  • Thursday, March 7th: at New York
  • Friday, March 8th: at Charlotte
  • Sunday, March 10th: vs. Boston
  • Monday: March 11th: at San Antonio

With the lone game against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Oklahoma City Thunder will face a pretty tough stretch of games. All teams, minus Bobcats, are in a fight for the playoffs. Outside of the Los Angeles Lakers, every team is a lock for the playoffs.

Let’s just ignore the Bobcats from here on out. If I say “every team” I am not including them. They’re just a good spot for the Thunder in this stretch.

Oklahoma City will face three of the top five teams in the Western Conference before the first two weeks of March are up. The Thunder currently sit four games back of San Antonio, and two games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers. They’re in the second seed position, all cozy.

Not to mention, the Lakers and the Celtics can always prove to be a difficult task to defeat. Both teams, Lakers and Celtics have been able to defeat Oklahoma City this season, both losses were on the road for the Thunder. So, cannot be taken lightly.

These games also come very quickly. The Thunder will play seven games in 11 nights. Not to mention, they’re going to get the San Antonio Spurs on the end of a four games in five nights run. You could easily mark that one down as a scheduled loss for the good guys.

We’re about to see what the real make up of this team is, especially with all the new additions.

With Ronnie Brewer and Derek Fisher making the trip with the Thunder when they hit these games, the chemistry part of the team could prove to be vital in knocking a team off, especially on the road.

Of all the teams the Thunder play on the road during this stretch, they’re average record is 38-18. That’s around a .678 winning percentage. Those teams are also a tough to defeat at home. All four teams are a combined 89-19 at home. San Antonio and Denver are the best at home, 22-2, and 24-3, respectively.

It’s a tough start to it all, at Denver and then traveling to Los Angeles to play the Clippers. If the Thunder aren’t careful, they could drop back to back games, heading home to play, what has become a tough Lakers opponent.

Then they get some a day off, a travel day, to play the Knicks, and a cupcake game against the Bobcats. That is in the middle of the four games in five nights. Boston will be tough, and as I said, could pencil in the Spurs for a scheduled loss.

I think, if the Thunder can go 5-2, or even 4-3 during this stretch, it’s a win-win. Not many teams can deal with this gauntlet and come out victorious. If some how, Oklahoma City can either go 7-0 or 6-1, I believe all will be right in Thunder nation. There will be no more second guessing.

So, Oklahoma City definitely has their work cut out for them. The schedule could get a little tougher if you wanted to include the Utah Jazz, who the Thunder lost to earlier this month. Utah and Oklahoma City are set to do battle two days later after the Spurs, on March 13th. So, things don’t exactly get very easy for the Thunder. Make or break time.

April is a brutal stretch of games as well, but right nowe, we’re going to focus on the games at hand, and all Thunder up together.

For all you Thunder fans who live out of state will have a bunch of Thunder games to watch. Oklahoma City will appear on national television during six of the seven games. Obviously, the Bobcats game is a regional telecast. Thunder appear on ESPN twice, ABC twice and TNT once. They’ll be on NBATV for the Spurs game on March 11th.

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