Thunder coach Scott Brooks chimed in with words that came closer to echoing Ibaka's sentiments rather than shoot them down. Brooks point: neither James nor Durant can guard each other individually.
“I do know this,” Brooks started. “Just like how we feel about LeBron, you can't guard LeBron just with one guy. You just can't do it. The guy is so good, so strong, so explosive offensively, and they probably feel the same way about Kevin. One guy is not going to be able to stop Kevin. He's going to need a team behind his defender. And we're the same way. We have to have one guy guard LeBron but four guys making sure he doesn't get easy opportunities in the paint. So I think both side probably feel the same way.”
But James' sidekick, Dwyane Wade, perhaps put it best.
“I don't think LeBron James needs any more motivation,” Wade said.
As for last year's beef between Durant and Heat forward Chris Bosh, the feud has ended, according to Bosh.
Following a late January home loss to the Heat, Durant called Bosh a “fake tough guy.”
“At the last All-Star Game we squashed that,” Bosh said Tuesday morning. “We just said, ‘Hey, man, let's move on.'”
Bosh, who is averaging 12 points and a personal postseason-best 10.3 in the Finals, said he hasn't used Durant's comments as motivation for this series.
“I'm not the kind of player that really feeds off that stuff,” Bosh said. “I'm my own worst critic. So I just have to stay within myself and make sure I get the best out of myself rather than giving somebody else the power to evoke that from me.”