April 28, 2011

MAYNOR, THUNDER ADVANCE PAST DENVER INTO SECOND ROUND OF NBA PLAYOFFS

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – For four years, the fans of VCU basketball watched Eric Maynor develop into arguably the best player to ever don a Ram uniform.

A lot of the highlights he provided to the passionate Black & Gold fans came during postseason play, so it should come as no surprise as he is doing the same at the highest level with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Maynor was a part of OKC history, when his Thunder squad picked up the first playoff series win in team history by winning their best-of-seven series, 4-1, over the fifth-seeded Denver Nuggets. The final blow came on Wednesday night when OKC defeated the Nuggets, 100-97.

In the five games, Maynor averaged 12 minutes, nearly six points and two assists per contest.

His biggest scoring output came in the first game of the series when he poured in 12 points in just 12 minutes on 5-of-7 shooting.

Playing behind All-Star Russell Westbrook, Maynor averaged just shy of 15 minutes per night during the regular season, while scoring about five points and handing out three assists.

During his remarkable career at VCU, he became the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,953 and assists with 674. He led the Rams to 95 wins during his four seasons, including three straight CAA regular season crowns and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Oh and by the way, he kinda hit some big shot against Duke in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Don't believe me? Watch this.

The former Ram and his Oklahoma City teammates now will wait to see whether they will take on the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies or the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the second round. After Wednesday night, the Grizzlies lead that series by a 3-2 tally.

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