Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks wanted a more aggressive Eric Maynor Friday night.
He got it.
In the Thunder’s 105-94 victory over the winless Detroit Pistons, Maynor had a strong effort in 17:39 of action, shooting 5-of-6 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the 3-point area and wound up with 13 points and also one steal.
“I talk to Eric, and all of our guys, I have conversations, not every day, but I always try to get in their ear and see where they are with their game and how we can continue to improve it,” Brooks said after Friday’s game. “I did have a conversation with Eric three or four games ago and I just said ‘We have to be more aggressive, Eric.’ You can’t expect it just to come to you and play your minutes as if things are just going to work out. You have to make things work out and I thought he’s done a good job with that. He’s been attacking, he’s been taking his shot.
“He’s a great worker. He works hard. I’m glad that each game now he seems to be a little more comfortable. When you come off of that knee injury like he has, there’s some time. You’re playing NBA basketball with nine other big time players on the floor, it takes some time to get adjusted and I think he’s done a pretty good job of it.”
Maynor took plenty of satisfaction in his performance.
“I got some good shots from teammates, they passed me the ball I hit a couple of threes and felt good,” he said. “We started off slow and picked it up at the end a little bit, we got some baskets. It was a good win for us overall.”
Maynor agreed that the Thunders’ second united benefitted from the flow of the offense
“We are just trying to play,” he said. “Coach Scott told us to be aggressive just play basketball. Try not to call too many plays, get some stops, and roll out in transition…We are trying to do that a lot now and it is working.”