It takes a major bounty to decrease value—82 games in a normal NBA schedule is the same.
Each game acts as a mini piece to a long winding road of monotony. Players take nights off, battle make-shift injuries, insist their play is better served in the postseason.
But come 2012, things will be different.
Sixty-six games ratchet the frenetic nature of the coming season. And while players were once granted two to four weeks to calibrate their roles, they will now be forced to play hard and together ASAP.
For NBA fans this is excellent news as each game will be a domino in a long line of must-win games. However, there will still be those few games that shed light on a team's fortitude.
For Thunder fans these 10 games concoct the greater compass for 2011-2012.