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2012 NBA schedule: Thanksgiving weekend short on good games, but there are a few

The NBA schedule makers clearly had it out for Thanksgiving weekend.

Stephen Dunn

The NBA season is finally in full stride. We're past the early season feeling out period and now teams are starting to figure things out. The good and bad teams have separated themselves and the overzealous fans have already begun scoreboard watching. Those are the same fans who will be eschewing football for basketball this weekend, too, which takes real fandom because the games aren't so enticing.

Friday

Thunder at Celtics, 6:30 p.m. CT, League Pass

The Celtics have been killed by bad frontcourts so imagine what Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison are going to do to them? They could sure use Perkins now.

Clippers at Nets, 6:30 p.m. CT, League Pass

The Nets didn't do so well on their west coast road trip, beating the Kings, but losing to the Lakers and Warriors. Now they get to welcome a west coast team to Brooklyn, and it's Chris Paul against Deron Williams.

Saturday

Thunder vs. 76ers, 6:00 p.m. CT, League Pass

Are the Sixers going to be better than just "promising"? This is a good chance to prove it, since waiting around on Andrew Bynum probably isn't a great idea.

Lakers at Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Southwest

The Lakers will be playing their fourth game in five days, which isn't great for a banged up and old team, while the Mavs will be well-rested and coming off of an impressive win over the Knicks.

Sunday

Suns vs. 76ers, 5:00 p.m. CT, League Pass

This is a bad day of basketball and Goran Dragic vs. Jrue Holiday could get fun.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.