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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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.


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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