Oklahoma City Thunder 2011: 5 Tough Stretches This Season

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Oklahoma City Thunder 2011: 5 Tough Stretches This Season
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This article is written under the assumption that the season will start on time, and all 82 games will be played as scheduled. I am of the minority that thinks a CBA deal will be struck before the clock runs out, and the season will start on time.

Many people have said the opposite, but most of them are saying that to sound smart, having not actually researched or kept up with the topic at all. I just believe there is too much money on the line for each party to keep their arms crossed, pouting in the corner.

Looking ahead to the Thunder's schedule, it seems as if we have a favorable one. The tough stretches mentioned here aren't that bad, but they can definitely present some challenges.

The team gets many fewer Sunday games this year, a relief to Thunder fans. In the 15 games played on Sunday last season, the Thunder went 6-9. It was their only losing record of all seven days of the week.

This year, the boys in blue will only see 11 Sunday games. There have been many attempts to explain this phenomenon, but with no real answer, we are simply left exclaiming, "Thank God!"

OKC went 10-7 in 17 games coming off no rest last season, an impressive mark. This year they will play 18 back-to-backs. We'll see if their youthful legs will benefit them yet again.

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