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                 === Thunder kick off campaign against Jazz ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)   -  The  Oklahoma  City  Thunder  have  NBA  Championship
 aspirations.
 
 The Utah Jazz have Andrew Wiggins aspirations.
 
 The  two worlds collide  Wednesday night in Salt Lake City as both teams begin
 their 2013-14 seasons.
 
 The  Thunder finished  with the  best record  in the  Western Conference  last
 season,  but  their chances  at repeating  as NBA  Finals finalists ended when
 Russell  Westbrook injured  his  right  knee during  the  first  round of  the
 playoffs.
 
 Problem  was,  swelling developed and Westbrook  went back under the knife. He
 will miss almost four to six weeks of the regular season, but that won't deter
 the Thunder.
 
 Replacing  Westbrook in the starting lineup will be Reggie Jackson, with Derek
 Fisher as the primary backup.
 
 It all begins and ends with Kevin Durant for Oklahoma City. He's such a strong
 player  and  leader that he won't  allow the Thunder  to fall too far down the
 standings.
 
 "We've put in a lot of work and we're all just excited to start," Durant said.
 "We're  looking forward  to our first game  and trying to start this thing off
 right."
 
 The Jazz are headed in the opposite direction.
 
 They  made  the decision to go  with youth in  the form of Derrick Favors, who
 inked a long-term extension on Monday, and Enes Kanter.
 
 Both are high former lottery picks and both looked pretty darn good in limited
 action  over  the years.  Utah let  Al Jefferson  (Charlotte) and Paul Millsap
 (Atlanta) walk in free agency.
 
 Another  cornerstone  for the Jazz was  Trey Burke, the national player of the
 year  at the  University of Michigan last season. Unfortunately, Burke broke a
 finger, had surgery and will be out four to six weeks.
 
 Jamal  Tinsley  was brought in  to replace Burke until  he comes back. When he
 does,  Burke,  Gordon Hayward,  Kanter  and  Favors  could form  an  extremely
 dangerous nucleus.
 
 And  Favors might be the biggest piece. He was acquired in the trade for Deron
 Williams and recently signed his extension.
 
 "I bought a house," said Favors. "I'm happy to be here."
 
 The  Thunder have won eight of the last 10 against the Jazz, including four of
 their last six at EnergySolutions Arena.
 
 10/30 10:46:09 ET