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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Eric Maynor returns for first time with Portland Trail Blazers

Former Thunder player Eric Maynor has quickly found success in Portland as a steady hand behind Rookie of the Year front-runner Damian Lillard.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 23, 2013

Eric Maynor will play against the Thunder at 6 p.m. Sunday for the first time since he was traded to Portland at the NBA trading deadline last month.

Maynor was a reserve point guard for the Thunder after being acquired from Utah on Dec. 22, 2009. He has quickly found success in Portland as a steady hand behind Rookie of the Year front-runner Damian Lillard.

In 14 games with the Blazers, Maynor is averaging 7.1 points, 3.6 assists, 20.8 minutes and shooting 43.8 percent from the floor.

“It'll be a little different,” Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said of facing his friend and former teammate. “He's got a nice role on their team … but I look forward to it. It should be fun.”

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Maynor: “Eric is going to have a long, very productive career in this league. He's a great kid. He's a great teammate.”

SCOUTING PORTLAND

The Trail Blazers (33-36) have won four of their past six games and are still hoping to make a playoff push in the stretch run of this season.

Portland was 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot before Saturday's games and will play eight of its final 12 games at home following Sunday's matchup with the Thunder.

This is the final game of a five-game road trip for the Blazers.

“They're a young and athletic group like us, so we got to contain them,” three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant said. “LaMarcus Aldridge is probably one of the best shooting bigs in the league, and Damian Lillard is having an unbelievable season. We got to put pressure on those guys.”

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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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