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by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: January 7, 2014

IBAKA SITS WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS

Serge Ibaka missed Tuesday's game at Utah with flu-like symptoms.

It was his first time out of the lineup this season and only the third game he's missed in the last 3 1/2 seasons.

Perry Jones III started in Ibaka's place. It was his second career start. The first came in last year's season finale.

HONORING SLOAN

The Jazz will retire former coach Jerry Sloan's jersey number later this month and honor him with a ceremony inside Energy Solutions Arena.

When informed prior to the game, Thunder coach Scott Brooks responded “About time.”

“He's one of the greatest coaches of all time. A guy that I look up to,” Brooks said. “I appreciate all the hard work that he put into the game. His commitment, his dedication, his consistency is unmatched. His no-nonsense, no-excuse mentality is something I try to live by as a coach. And I admire him. He did it the right way, and he will always have a lasting impact, not only on me but all the other coaches in this league. And some of the young coaches need to go back and look how he did it because he did it the right way.”

UP NEXT

The Thunder boarded a plane to Denver after the Utah game and will have a day off before playing the Nuggets on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on both Fox Sports Oklahoma and TNT. Tip-off is at 9:30 p.m.

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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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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