May 15, 2011

MAYNOR, THUNDER MOVE INTO NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – About two months ago, former VCU basketball star Eric Maynor watched as some of his old teammates guided his alma mater into the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

Apparently, Maynor didn't want his buddies having too many bragging rights as he helped his current team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, into the "Final Four" of the NBA Playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

The former Black & Gold standout played 13 minutes in OKC's Sunday afternoon game seven victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, which now sets up a Western Conference Final with the Thunder and red-hot Dallas Mavericks.

That series will start on Tuesday in Dallas at 9 p.m. EST.

Maynor, who is the all-time leader in points and assists at VCU, is averaging 12.7 minutes per game in the playoffs for the Thunder, where he is looked to provide outstanding depth behind All-Star Russell Westbrook.

In those minutes, the former Ram is averaging 5.4 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds, while shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc.

The Raeford, N.C. native became the first player drafted in the first round out of VCU in 2009 when the Utah Jazz selected him 20th overall.

That December, he was traded to Oklahoma City to play along side Westbrook and one of the best players in the league, Kevin Durant.

Since arriving in the NBA, Maynor has played in 163 regular season games (one off the maximum) and 17 postseason contests.

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