“Without a doubt,” Durant told the New York Post. “He’s a smart guy, smart mind. He’s a great motivator, great speaker and can really relate to a lot of guys and demands that respect from everybody. He’s a great locker-room guy. I’m sure he’ll do a great job.”
IBAKA’S BLOG POST
On Wednesday morning, injured Thunder forward Serge Ibaka sent out a blog post on his website (SergeIbaka.com), updating fans on his status.
Here’s the full post by Ibaka:
“As you all know, I suffered an injury in the sixth game of the Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers. This means I am not able to play in the Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. It’s a difficult moment because this is the most important time of the year. All the work done during the summer and preparation during the season is focused on being ready and at your best when the Playoffs arrive, so it’s obviously disappointing not to be able to help my team on the court. But injuries are part of the game and the only way to go through this is to stay positive and try to be healthy as soon as possible.
“All players and coaching staff feel the Thunder is a family, and I have no doubt my ‘family member’ will put in a great effort in this difficult series. We are all the Thunder and we take pride in staying together against adversity. I will watch and cheer for them as their brother and their fan. Also, a lot of people have shown me support the last few days and I feel very fortunate to have such amazing fans. Thank you!”
BROOKS CONTINUES TO SHOOT DOWN IBAKA RETURN
Despite reports suggesting otherwise – and even a minor hint by Ibaka in his blog post – Brooks continues to contend that the power forward will not be available at any point in the playoffs.
Not even in a potential NBA Finals series.
“He's not coming back. Nothing has changed. And it's no reason to keep bringing this up. He's not coming back.”
STAT OF THE DAY
This is the second time the Thunder has gone down 2-0 in a series in the past four seasons. Both have been to San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals.
Game 3 is not until Sunday night in Oklahoma City, giving the teams three days off. Tip is at 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma time on TNT.