When the 2017-18 NBA schedule was released about a month ago, it was revealed that the Oklahoma City Thunder will play in 37 nationally televised games this season, up from 30 last season. 12 of the games will be on TNT, 10 will be on NBA TV, 9 will be on ESPN, and 6 will be on ABC.

Oklahoma City will start off the season on Thursday, October 19, on national television on TNT when the Thunder host the Knicks. Other schedule highlights include hosting the Warriors on Wednesday, November 22, the Rockets on Christmas Day, the Mavericks on New Year’s Eve, and the Grizzlies in the team’s season finale on Wednesday, April 11.

The 37 games ranks the Thunder as 4th most in the NBA behind only the Golden State Warriors (43), the Houston Rockets (40), and the Cleveland Cavaliers (39). The increase in national exposure undoubtedly has to do with Oklahoma City’s acquisition of all-star Paul George. With more attention comes more pressure, but Russell Westbrook and his teammates are no stranger to standing tall in the midst of a challenge.

Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram.