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.
“It's a concern,” said Brooks. “We were turning the ball over early a lot. As a coach you never get comfortable and say, ‘OK, we can relax now. We don't have to talk about taking care of the basketball and making simple plays.' It's something that we always focus on.”
The Thunder finished with 16 turnovers Saturday, leading to 22 Rockets points.
BEST BIG MAN COMBO IN THE NBA IN OKC?
For the second straight night, Ibaka recorded two assists, tying his career high. On Friday, Ibaka showed off a nice touch, delivering passes to Perkins with precision, including a high-low feed and a drive and dish.
Ibaka smiled with pride when the topic came up, and Perkins said the best is yet to come.
“We been working on it,” said Perkins. “We (going) to get better. Give me and Serge about another two weeks. Watch, we're gonna be the best big man combo in the league.”
Houston guards Kyle Lowry and Courtney Lee did not play Saturday…Thunder guard Daequan Cook played his first full game without goggles. Cook wore the protective eyewear in the past two games to prevent dizziness and headaches…Perkins, who starred at nearby Clifton J. Ozen High in Beaumont, Texas, needed approximately 70 tickets for friends and family…Prior to Saturday's game, the Rockets had not relinquished a lead at home…The Thunder has now won four straight games over Houston.
Thunder coach Brooks on his team getting satisfied — “That was definitely a thought going into the season that that might be the case. But they haven't shown me any signs of being overconfident. They know that every season is a different season and you have to start from scratch.”
The Thunder will play San Antonio on Sunday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. It will be the first of three meetings between the two teams. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.