Thunder guard Eric Maynor will travel to New York on Tuesday to get a second opinion on his right knee.
Maynor tore his ACL in the fourth quarter of a three-point win at Houston on Jan. 7 and will miss the remainder of the season. There is still no timetable on when Maynor will undergo surgery, but more details are expected to be known following Maynor's consultation Tuesday morning.
Maynor accompanied the team on a road trip for the first time since sustaining the injury. He attended the Thunder's shoot-around session Monday morning before cheering on his teammates against Boston from the bench. Maynor appeared to be in good spirits before the game, and he is expected to rejoin the team on the tail end of this three-game trip, either in Washington, D.C. or New Jersey.
The second opinion, meanwhile, is said to be standard operating procedure. After the consultation, Maynor is expected to decide where he wants to have the surgery done and by which doctor.
KEVIN DURANT DEDICATING SEASON TO JEFF GREEN
Kendrick Perkins got to face his former teammates for the first time since the shocking trade that brought him to Oklahoma City from Boston in exchange for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a first-round pick.
Thunder players, though, missed seeing Green, who underwent heart surgery last week to repair an aortic aneurysm.
Kevin Durant said he recently spoke with Green, who is still in Cleveland where he underwent the procedure, and the former Thunder forward is doing well.
“I dedicate the season to him,” Durant said.
“Jeff is a positive person. I learned so much from him. No matter what, he stays positive through the toughest times. He's still smiling and laughing and enjoying himself. It's tough to go through what he went through, and I pray for him every single day. But he knows that he's going to get back better and stronger. I can't wait for that day. I know he can't wait.”
IBAKA SURGING UP BLOCK LIST
Serge Ibaka set a season-high in blocked shots after just one half of play Tuesday.
The Thunder's power forward had three blocks in the first 4 minutes, 40 seconds against the Celtics and set a personal best for this season when he swatted his fourth with 4:35 remaining in the second quarter. More impressively, Ibaka set the mark despite playing only 15 minutes, 25 seconds in the first half.
Ibaka, who entered the game tied with Memphis center Marc Gasol for second in the league in total blocks with 29, finished with four rejections to move into sole possession of second place behind Washington's JaVale McGee.
Ibaka also has now recorded at least one block in 27 straight games. He has had at least two blocks in his last seven games.
The new collective bargaining agreement will leave stars such as Kevin Durant wearing a tiny microphone during games after the London-based company Quantum 5X signed an exclusive deal with the league on Monday.
Joining Durant will be Kobe Bryant and former Sooner Blake Griffin, according to the London Free Press.
Before the new deal, players had to agree to wear a microphone. Now, the chosen players have to wear the microphone for one local game and one national game each month and for two games in each round of the playoffs.
The transmitter will be sewn into a pocket under the player's arm and the tiny microphone concealed in the collar of the jersey.
Also, the player's comments will not be broadcast throughout the game, but instead edited and used afterword.
Quantum 5X also supplies mini microphones to referees in the NHL and NBA, and it has a contract with the St. Louis Rams.
The Thunder moved to 3-0 against Eastern Conference teams this season. … New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and wide receiver Julian Edelman attended Monday's game. … Chris Webber, who typically serves as a studio analyst for TNT and NBA TV, did color commentating for Tuesday's game on TNT. …The Thunder had just four assists against nine turnovers in the first half. Boston didn't convert any of the Thunder's giveaways into scores in the first 24 minutes. …Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 32 of the Thunder's 46 first-half points Tuesday. … With 3:43 left to play in the third quarter, Durant lost his shoe and saw it end up in the hands of a courtside fan. Westbrook had to intentionally foul Rajon Rondo to stop play so Durant could recover his shoe.
The Thunder will face Washington inside the Verizon Center on Wednesday. It will be the only meeting between the Thunder and Wizards this season. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.