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OKC Thunder notebook: Guard Eric Maynor leaves game with apparent knee injury

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 7, 2012
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The Thunder lost reserve point guard Eric Maynor to an injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at Houston.

Maynor collapsed to the court following a drive to the basket and appeared to be clutching his right knee. The injury happened with 7:47 remaining in the Thunder's 98-95 win.

After remaining on the court for roughly two minutes, Maynor had to be carried off the court by teammates Kendrick Perkins, Lazar Hayward and Serge Ibaka.

A Thunder spokesman said after the collision that Maynor sustained a right leg injury. The team will re-evaluate Maynor on Sunday and more information is expected to be known at that time.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks, as always, said everyone, including rookie Reggie Jackson, must be ready to step if need be.

“That is an old NBA saying,” Brooks said. “You better be ready because you never know. And I don't know. I don't know how Eric's going to feel (Sunday). We'll see. But Reggie's been preparing himself. He's been working with (assistant coach Brian Keefe) every day, sometimes too long because he wants more.

Reggie is one of those guys who wants more. He's a sponge. And he'll be fine if that's what it calls for.”

In eight games prior to Saturday's, Maynor was averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 assists in 16.1 minutes per game. Maynor played just nine minutes Saturday and went scoreless.

“He's doing good,” forward Kevin Durant said of Maynor after the game. “It's kind of bittersweet for all of us, knowing that we got the win. But seeing one of our brothers hurt like that is tough on all of us. I think the only thing we could have did for him at that time was win the basketball game. That's what he wanted from us, and I'm glad we got the job done.”

THUNDER TAKING CARE OF TURNOVERS

The Thunder was taking care of the ball much better entering Saturday's game at Houston. In the previous three games, OKC had averaged just 11.6 turnovers. Over the first five games, the Thunder had averaged 18.4.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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