If this young Thunder squad is going to contend for the postseason spot in the stacked Western Conference, getting off to a solid start if key. Last season's slow start cost P.J. Carlesimo his job and had many wondering if the Thunder would set the all-time record for losses.
The schedule does have its highlights. After opening at home against Sacramento on Oct. 28, the Thunder plays at home against both of last season's NBA Finalists within the first two weeks. The Lakers come to town Nov. 3 and Orlando visits Nov. 8.
Of the 41 home games, 22 will be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights. The All-Star Game is Feb. 14 in Dallas, and the Thunder is home against the Mavericks in the first game back after the break on Feb. 16.