OKC VeloCity | Time to Thunder Up for NBA’s return

Time to Thunder Up for NBA’s return

By Justin Tinder / Lifestyle / July 28, 2020

When we last saw the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA arena, they were scrambling off the court after news of Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test forced the league to shut down. The league, and the world, have changed in so many ways since then, but let's not forget that OKC was one of the best teams in basketball at the time before the hiatus.

The Thunder have shown how adept they are at winning close games, with some of the most amazing comebacks in the league thus far. The Thunder have the second-best record in the NBA since Dec. 1 at 33-13, just behind the Milwaukee Bucks and ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Led by Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari, OKC has an unconventional closing lineup that will be a difficult opponent for any team that draws them in the first round of the playoffs. One of the biggest surprises of the NBA season, the Thunder enters the bubble as the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, just one game back of the No. 4-seeded Utah Jazz.

The NBA and its players’ association have agreed to send the top 22 teams to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida as the location for all games and practices. The players are housed at Walt Disney World resort hotels. Each team will play eight regular-season games before the playoffs begin.

Here is a look at the Thunder’s schedule in Orlando.


DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

BROADCAST

Saturday, Aug. 1

Utah

2:30 p.m.

ESPN

Monday, Aug. 3

Denver

3 p.m.

NBATV

Wednesday, Aug. 5

LA Lakers

5:30 p.m.

ESPN

Friday, Aug. 7

Memphis

3 p.m.

NBATV

Sunday, Aug. 9

Washington

11:30 a.m.

TBA

Mon, Aug. 10

Phoenix

1:30 p.m.

TBA

Wed, Aug 12

Miami

7 p.m.

TBA

Fri, Aug. 14

LA Clippers

TBA

TBA

This content originally appeared on The Better Life blog.

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