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OKC Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka contends that his low-blow on Blake Griffin was accidental

It took less than a minute of game action on Sunday for the increasingly contentious Serge Ibaka-Blake Griffin rivalry to produce another interesting chapter.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 11, 2014

COLLISON PLAYS KEY ROLE

The unsung hero of Sunday’s game was Darren Collison, the Clippers’ reserve guard who scored 12 of his 18 points in that wild fourth quarter run.

Collison had been relatively ineffective series, going 6-of-18 shooting in the first three games, while being exploited by Russell Westbrook post-ups on the other end.

But he was a major factor in his 23 minutes on Sunday. His 18 points and seven rebounds were both playoff-highs.

“Darren Collison was amazing today,” Chris Paul said. “…You just got to love a guy like that who plays with so much heart and never gives up. Game ball goes to Darren Collison.”

And a podium game, too, with Collison among those to speak in a press conference format to the media afterward, something typically reserved for stars.

IBAKA’S LIMITED LOOKS

Despite his amazing efficiency in the postseason (62-of-99 shooting, 63 percent), Ibaka continues to get limited offensive opportunities.

On Sunday, he got a playoff-low five shots, making two of them – both threes – and scored only eight points. This came a game after he scored 20 points on only 10 shots, making nine.

STAT OF THE GAME

During a stretch in the fourth quarter, the Clippers scored on 18 of 19 possessions.

STAT OF THE GAME II

The Clippers outrebounded the Thunder 45-43 on Sunday. It was the first time in 11 playoff games OKC has been outrebounded.

UP NEXT

Game 5 comes on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. Tip is at 8:30 Oklahoma time on TNT. Game 6 will be back in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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