Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks can relate to Eric Maynor

Oklahoma City's coach suffered a severe knee injury as an NBA player. He can relate to Maynor, who will miss the remainder of the season.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: January 8, 2012
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Thunder coach Scott Brooks knows what Eric Maynor is going through in so many ways.

Brooks was a backup point guard throughout his 10-year NBA career. He also suffered a serious knee injury.


Midway through the fourth quarter in a victory at Houston on Saturday night, Maynor suffered a season-ending injury to his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Brooks' career-ending injury was to a medial collateral ligament.

“One of the things I know about Eric is he's a tough kid,” Brooks said. “That backup point guard spot is a very challenging spot because you don't get a lot of minutes. When things go well, you get a little credit and when things go bad, you get all the blame. I played it (backup point guard) for a lot years, and Eric had the mental toughness to go through all that. He's playing behind a really good point guard.

“Eric's a smart player. He understands that position. He's a really, really good player.”

Brooks expressed confidence Maynor will return for the 2012-13 season.

“He will win,” Brooks said. “He will get back.”

GETTING TECHNICAL

In the second quarter of Sunday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins and the Spurs' DeJuan Blair were whistled for double-technical fouls.

Perkins now has three technicals on the season. Because of the shortened schedule, this year's limit is 13 before a one-game suspension rather than the usual 16.

Here is the NBA's fine breakdown: Technicals 1-4 – $2,000 fine each; technicals 5-8 – $3,000 fine each; technicals 9-12 – $4,000 fine each (with a warning letter sent when the violator reaches his 10th technical); technical No. 13 – $5,000 fine, plus one game suspension; each additional technical – $5,000 fine each; two additional technicals (15, 17, 19, etc.) – $5,000 fine, plus one-game suspension.

Sunday's box score: Thunder 108, Spurs 96

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