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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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/articleid/3671025/1/pictures/1707316">Photo - Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) celebrates after a offensive foul on Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (41) during game one of the first round in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 28, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) celebrates after a offensive foul on Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (41) during game one of the first round in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 28, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

How nice was it for you to be so involved offensively the last two minutes?

Ibaka: “Just focus. Just be ready. I know it's playoff. I know other team, they know our best scoring is Kevin and Russ and James. Just be ready to make the big step.”

How has your defense on Dirk improved so fast?

Ibaka: “First of all, he's a great player. He's one of the top guys to play defense (against). You need to be focused. Just be focus. Just play your game. Most of the time, he's so great on offense, you can get in foul trouble. Also, it's not just one guy. It's a team. He's tough. I want to try to make him drive to the basket, because I know Perk will be down to help me. It's not just one guy. It's about team.”

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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