He's doing it consistently and he's doing it efficiently, shooting 50 percent or better in eight straight games, a stretch in which he's made 70 of his 112 shots (62.5 percent).
“He's just playing with confidence,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. “I don't know if that's permanent or not. I hope not, if we play them some more. But he's playing with a lot of confidence, not hesitating at all.”
It's the Ibaka that didn't show up last May. It's the one that's consistently showing up these days. And it's the one that, even when Westbrook returns, needs to show up for OKC to maximize its potential come playoff-time.
Wednesday was just another positive step, burning a defense that he's traditionally had trouble cracking.