Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Avoiding foul trouble a must for the Thunder bigs in Spurs series

No longer can Steven Adams and Nick Collison throw their bodies around with little consequence. With one likely to start and both likely to get increased playing time and responsibility, the duo must be more cognizant of foul trouble.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 17, 2014
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To the injury list, Serge Ibaka takes his 15.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks

But he also takes his six fouls. And that’s an important factor, too.


No longer can Steven Adams and Nick Collison throw their bodies around with little consequence. With one likely to start and both likely to get increased playing time and responsibility, the duo must be more cognizant of foul trouble.

“You’re going to get guys in foul trouble in these games because it’s physical and the fouls start to accumulate,” Collison said. “But we have to avoid the silly ones, the ones that don’t give us any advantage. So it’s big. We’re down a man so that’s six less fouls we’ve got.”

Brooks doesn’t reveal Ibaka’s replacement

Scott Brooks sounds like a man who has settled on his next starting power forward.

But he’s not one to give up state secrets.

“We’ll let you know at the appropriate time,” Brooks said, which likely means he’ll reveal it during his media session 90 minutes before tip-off on Monday night.

When asked of the options he’s considering, Brooks nearly mentioned his entire bench.

“We can go with Steven,” Brooks said. “We can go with Hasheem (Thabeet). We can go with Nick. Perry (Jones). Andre (Roberson). Jeremy (Lamb). Derek (Fisher). Who’d I forget? Oh, can’t forget about Reggie (Jackson). Reggie started some games this year.”

Perk compares losing Ibaka to losing Garnett

Back in the 2008 playoffs, the Boston Celtics lost All-Star forward Kevin Garnett for the postseason.

On Saturday, Kendrick Perkins, the center on that team, was asked about the similarities between that situation and OKC’s current one with Ibaka.

“They brought two different type things to the game,” Perkins said. “We lost KG, it was more of our emotional leader. He got 20 and 10, but he was our emotional leader, as far as on and off the court. So that was a big blow. But it’s somewhat the same, the defensive effort, the shot-making.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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