Thunder notebook: Eric Maynor to seek second opinion

Guard will fly to New York for exam, then rejoin OKC teammates to watch games from bench
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 16, 2012
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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.

DURANT MIKED

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.

TIP-INS

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.

UP NEXT

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.

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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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