Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had forced the league’s hand.
After their initial TNT game was called off against the Orlando Magic on Nov. 1 due to Chet Holmgren’s absence, the Oklahoma City Thunder are back on national television for the first time since the 2020 NBA playoffs.
The Thunder’s road game against the Miami Heat on Jan. 10 will now be broadcast on TNT. It will replace the Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers matchup.
The Thunder (15-19) have been playing well this season. The youngest team in the league is just two games back from the Play-In tournament.
A lot of that is due to Gilgeous-Alexander’s awesome play this season. In 31 games, Gilgeeous-Alexander is averaging 31.5 points on 62.3 true shooting, 5.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds.
With his likely All-Star bid, it would’ve been criminal not to expose Gilgeous-Alexander to a national audience at least once this season. The Thunder gets their wish with a national TV game against the Heat.
This will be the second matchup between both teams, with the Heat winning the last one in a close contest.
The Jan. 10 game is set to start at 6:30 p.m. CT.