Biggest Games for the Thunder in 2016-2017 NBA Season

Biggest Games for the Thunder in 2016-2017 NBA Season

In this Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates following a dunk during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

The 2016-2017 NBA season will be one of the biggest seasons for the Oklahoma City Thunder as the organization makes it debut against former franchise player Kevin Durant, which makes the Thunder’s schedule all the more important.

The month of November will be a special month for the team with another two very significant returns to OKC for the very first time.

The biggest opponent the Thunder will have circled on their schedule will be the Golden State Warriors. Not only did the Warriors beat the Thunder in game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, but they also signed the former Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.

The Thunder will play the Warriors four times next season. Nov. 3 will be the first meeting between the two teams in Oakland and will also be the first game for Durant against his former team. Then on Feb. 11, Kevin Durant will come back to Oklahoma City to face not only the Thunder but the fans since his astonishing exit.

However, the Thunder’s biggest games are not only against the Golden State Warriors. OKC’s first game is on ESPN’s opening night versus the rookie phenom Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers at Philadelphia Oct. 26.

This game is the start of the new era in Thunder basketball, with much anticipation surrounding the inaugural game of Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Illyasova playing for Oklahoma City. 

The Thunder’s first opponent against a playoff team from last year will be the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 2 in Los Angeles. This will be an interesting game for the Thunder to see how they stack against a known western conference contender without Durant.

Another important game for the Thunder this year is against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oklahoma City on Christmas day. Playing on Christmas day is of honorable tradition for some teams in the NBA. It means that the teams are some of the most relevant teams currently in the league, so by the NBA scheduling the Thunder on Christmas, it shows that they are still one of the top teams on the NBA stage.

They play the Orlando Magic on Nov. 13 in Oklahoma City. This will be the first game since the two teams had the trade of Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Illyasova. Ibaka’s return to Oklahoma City will most likely have a different feel to it since he was traded and didnt leave the team by choice free agency.

Nov. 30 will be the return of former coach, Scott Brooks, as he coaches his first game with the Washington Wizards against OKC since being fired back in 2015. The Thunder will have 13 back-to-back games this season and will have 33 national television appearances whether or ESPN, ABC, TNT, or NBA TV.

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