The Oklahoma City Thunder will face off against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs in a rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals. Whether or not this series will have a similar outcome to that one depends on a variety of factors.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden are a year older, while Dirk Nowitzki and his team are also a year older. That is a good thing for one of those teams and a bad thing for the other.
Here's everything you need to know about the Thunder's first-round matchup against Dallas.
First, the schedule:
Game 1 - Sat April 28, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 - Mon April 30, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Thu May 3, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 - Sat May 5, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7:30 p.m., TNT/R
Game 5 * Mon May 7, Dallas at Oklahoma City, TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 10, Oklahoma City at Dallas, TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 12, Dallas at Oklahoma City ,TBD, TNT
Read on for more on this fascinating first round series.