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Thunder notebook: OKC searching for Serge Ibaka's offense

After 10 games of his shot attempts taking a dip, Ibaka scored 18 points Saturday.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 2, 2013
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“I anticipate experimenting with it but not using it as a daily diet,” Brooks said. “Just occasionally throwing it out there just to do some disruption. Maybe on a sideline out of bounds or a baseline out of bounds. But it's nothing that we will do game in and game out because we're pretty good man-to-man. I don't want to change from what we're good at, maybe just add another part to our defense that can help.”

The Thunder switches on the majority of screens, which in a sense is a zone. But Brooks said the true zone is likely to be used in the next couple of weeks.

IRVING'S SHOT SEPARATING HIM

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving continued to draw praise from the Thunder on Saturday, even before he dropped 35 points to lead the Cavs to a 115-110 victory.

Brooks said before the game the second-year man has a chance to be “one of the top point guards in the league.”

“I didn't realize he was only 20. I'm glad I'm not playing against him,” Brooks said. “But he's improved a lot. I think what's really going to help separate him from a lot of the guards is his ability to shoot. When you can penetrate and play the pick and roll and get into the paint and the basket with either hand and you can shoot, then you're like picking poison.”

Irving's point total tied Kobe Bryant for an opponent high against the Thunder this season.

TIP-INS

Rookie guard Jeremy Lamb did not travel with the team to Cleveland. He remained in Oklahoma City while battling a low back strain. … Cleveland is now 4-15 against Western Conference teams. … Guard DeAndre Liggins was called for a technical foul with 49.3 seconds remaining in the first quarter. It was his second in as many games. … There were 15 ties and 19 lead changes Saturday. … The Thunder fell to 15-9 on the road. … OKC had 10 steals and 11 blocked shots against the Cavs.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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