OKC Thunder: Q&A with forward Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka played one of the best games of his three-year career on Saturday night during Game 1 of a first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 29, 2012
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In Game 1 of the Thunder-Maverick series Saturday night, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka played one of the best games of his three-year career. Ibaka had 22 points, six rebounds, five blocked shots and made nine of 12 shots.

Was Saturday night one of the best games you've ever played?

Ibaka: “Every time when you play a good game, and your team win, it's always a great game.”

Were you upset with Kevin, for making that last shot, because you were ready to tip in the game-winner and be the hero?

Ibaka: “Yeah, but he did. He make a great shot. It was great for us. But I was ready, too, I was down, ready for the offense rebound. Good thing he make it.”

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said the refs let you do too much grabbing and holding of Dirk Nowitzki. Are you guilty as charged?

Ibaka: “I no worry about. Me or my teammate, we don't worry about the ref or the foul. We just try to play basketball and play hard. We know it's playoff basketball. Maybe next game, we get some foul. Can't be worrying about they give us foul or we give them foul. I know it's hard to play defense on Dirk, but we did great. All the other big, me, Perk, Nick, Naz.”

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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