Oklahoma City Thunder backup point guard Eric Maynor will be sidelined for the rest of the season according to the “Oklahoman” after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament Saturday night in a win against the Houston Rockets. The injury occurred during the game’s fourth quarter, and Maynor had to be carried off to the locker room by his teammates. Maynor has been replaced as the primary backup to starting point guard Russell Westbrook by Reggie Jackson who scored 11 points Sunday night as the Thunder topped the San Antonio Spurs.
Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks told reporters that he believes his point guard’s inner strength will help him recover from the serious injury. Brooks said “One of the things I know about Eric is he’s a tough kid. 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 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.”
Although Maynor will not be able to contribute for the rest of this campaign, the prognosis is good that he will be ready by the start of training camp next October. The 24-year-old player is in his third season in the Association and has averaged 4.5 points, 3.1 assists and 1.5 rebounds for his career.