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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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/articleid/3638531/1/pictures/1606103">Photo - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Eric Maynor (6) is carried off the court by teammates after suffering an injury on a drive to the basket during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Houston. The Thunder won 98-95. (AP Photo/Eric Kayne) ORG XMIT: TXELK112
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Eric Maynor (6) is carried off the court by teammates after suffering an injury on a drive to the basket during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Houston. The Thunder won 98-95. (AP Photo/Eric Kayne) ORG XMIT: TXELK112

“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.”

TAP-INS

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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