Steve's Thunder Notes: Time For A New Suitcase

Thursday, August 11th 2016, 7:42 pm
By: News 9

My Thunder blue suitcase didn’t survive my first year of travels with the Oklahoma City Thunder. I guess all those trips to Oakland were too much to overcome for old blue. I can’t lie it didn’t take long to miss the Thunder after the season ended in Oakland. This summer I stayed put at home waiting on Kevin Durant and any news on Russ, to be honest, after all the traveling I really wasn’t dying to get back on an airplane and go somewhere.

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The Thunder open up the season at Philadelphia, sounds good to me, the weather shouldn’t be bad in late October. I wish the home opener on Friday Oct. 26  had a little more pop to it, the Suns are rebuilding, if anything, OKC should start the year with a few wins under their belt. Here’s some observations on the upcoming schedule. 

-Playing at 76ers early may help, Philly should get better as the season rolls along.

-at 76ers,vs. Suns, vs. Lakers great chance to start 3-0.

-At Clippers and Warriors on back to back nights in early November (OUCH?), an early indication on how good the KD-less Thunder will be.

-Friday night with Blake Griffin November 11 at Chesapeake Arena. 2 games against the Clippers in a two week span.

-Welcome Back Serge!  Orlando at Oklahoma City, Sunday, November 13.

-Russ and Steven Adams at Detroit, Monday November 14, remember Reggie near the end of last year’s game at Auburn Hills? Russ and Steven do.

-Oklahoma City plays at Sacramento’s new basketball address Golden 1 Center, Wednesday, November 23.

-Welcome Back Coach Brooks! Washington at Oklahoma City, Wednesday, November 30.

-Buddy Hield faces the Thunder twice in December, at Thunder Sunday, December 6, vs. Thunder Wednesday, December 21.

-Santa brings Minnesota to the Thunder on Christmas night.

-Ugly January, 12 road games and only 3 home games, at Clippers, at Cavs, at Spurs, at Warriors.

-LeBron comes to town, Thursday, February 9.

-Welcome Back KD! (it’s ok to boo) Warriors at Thunder Saturday, February 11.

-Two days after KD, OKC plays against their old coach, Scott Brooks in Washington Monday, February 13.

-Hey, I turn 50 on Friday, March 3, Thunder at Phoenix.

-Test at home for 3 straight, vs. Portland March 7, vs. Spurs March 9, vs. Utah March 11.

-KD returns to Chesapeake, Monday, March 20.

-Fighting for a playoff seed? The Thunder play 4 out of their last 5 away from Oklahoma City.