A day after Kevin Durant said Serge Ibaka's shooting struggles were all in his mind, Ibaka admitted that his confidence is waning.
“Yeah,” Ibaka said. “It's normal, man. It's normal. A little bit. But that does not mean my confidence is way down because after all the shots I missed, after the (missed) dunk, I was still playing defense. I wanted to still help my teammates. I wanted to still try to be aggressive. But it's normal like he said. Of course, that happens to everybody.”
Ibaka suggested his shots in this series might be too easy.
“Most of the time when you're open that's when it's tough to make shots because you try to get some different focus than normally when some guys try to contest your shots,” Ibaka said. “So that's happened.”
Ibaka said his focus now is just moving forward.
“Like people say, if you think about the past you cannot get better in the next one,” Ibaka said. “So right now I'm trying to do the best I can to forget about (Saturday) night's game and be focused the next game and try to be aggressive.”
The company line Sunday was a short and simple one.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said a variation of that phrase five times in his 10-minute interview session with reporters, and every player that spoke to the media reiterated similar sentiments.
“We realize the only thing missing right now is us making shots, and that's something we've been doing all year,” said Kevin Martin. “But I think we prepared ourselves (Sunday) to start hitting some shots (Monday) night. And we better.”
Asked how the team prepared to make more shots, Martin said players “got up more shots.”
“It was mostly a shooting practice,” Martin said. “We did everything well in the game (Saturday) except for hit shots. That's the easiest part of the game. We get that under control we'll be fine.”