The Edmond Sun

November 1, 2012

Thunder Sports Minute: Season tips-off tonight in San Antonio

Michael Kinney
CNHI News Service

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City tips off its season at 8:30 p.m. tonight with a trip to San Antonio to take on the Spurs (1-0). The last time the two teams met, after falling behind 0-2 the Thunder (0-0) won four straight games in the Western Conference Finals to propel themselves to the NBA Finals.

It will also be the first game in the post-James Harden era. With the former Thunder guard putting up 37 points and 12 assists in his Houston debut Wednesday, it will increase the pressure on Kevin Martin, who was part of the Harden trade.

The trade also will give Eric Maynor a chance to shine. He makes his regular season return since having his season ended last year with an injury. The veteran guard beat out second-year pro Reggie Jackson for the backup point guard spot.