IBAKA IS BACK AND FEELING BETTER
Serge Ibaka rejoined the Thunder lineup Thursday at Denver following a one-game absence Tuesday at Utah due to flu-like symptoms.
Ibaka blamed his illness on the country's unrelenting cold climate.
“The last couple of days, as cold as it was in Minnesota and Oklahoma, this is the coldest I've been in all my life, man,” Ibaka said. “It was very hard for me.”
Ibaka said before Thursday's game that he was feeling a little better.
“My focus is to just try to help my team,” he said. “After the last game in Utah, it's important for us to bounce back and play well.”
SEFOLOSHA GIVES BACK
Thabo Sefolosha is giving back.
The Thunder's shooting guard will donate $50 for every 3-point shot he makes in January home games, as well as $50 for every steal, $50 for every assist and $10 for each rebound.
Proceeds will benefit the Children's Hospital Foundation.
Sefolosha is also asking fans to support Children's Hospital Foundation by raising awareness about the organization.
Children's Hospital Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in Oklahoma whose sole focus is the advancement of pediatric research and education while supporting specialized clinical care for Oklahoma's children.
Durant continues to lead all Western Conference plays after the third returns of NBA All-Star balloting. He has garnered 1,054,209 votes, ranking second to only Miami forward LeBron James (1,076,063). Russell Westbrook is sixth in voting among Western Conference backcourt players at 260,499, meaning he likely will have to be selected by the conferences coaches in order to make his fourth straight All-Star appearance. … Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson had registered four consecutive double-doubles entering Thursday's game. … Wilson did not play Thursday because of a groin injury he sustained Tuesday against Boston. Denver started second-year forward Quincy Miller in his place.