Serge Ibaka had 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in Monday's win by the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Toronto Raptors. Most impressive was perhaps Ibaka's +39 in 33 minutes.
Ibaka made several key passes as well as shot fakes into mid-range jumpers.
“Those things I’ve been working all season,” Ibaka said. “I just think it’s paying off now.”
Ibaka used his gravitational pull to create offense for other players.
“Guys have to respect that 15-, 17-foot jumper,” Westbrook said. “Because that’s easy money for him. So he’s doing a better job reading and reacting.”
Said Billy Donovan: “He’s seeing things now for whatever reason that maybe he was missing in previous games.”
“I’m gonna tell you the truth, it’s hard sometimes when you play hard, you play you’re (butt off),” Ibaka swore, before apologizing and rephrasing. “You play so hard on defense, then you come to offense and you’re going to be out there in the corner for 4, 5, 6, sometimes 8 minutes and you don’t touch the ball. We human, man. It’s hard.”