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Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka carries Thunder in Cleveland

by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 13, 2011
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PERKINS' STATUS STILL UNCERTAIN

Center Kendrick Perkins did not play Sunday and continues to be listed as day-to-day by the team. Brooks wouldn't say with certainty following the Cavs win whether Perkins would make his debut tonight at Washington.

SHARED CHILDHOOD IN CONGO

Ibaka and Cleveland rookie guard Christian Eyenga have known each other since they were teenagers growing up in Congo. The two played against each other while competing for different club teams in Africa.

“He was so tall,” Eyenga remembered. “I was like, ‘Who is this guy?' He would block everything. It was just crazy.”

Ibaka and Eyenga are good friends today. They went to dinner in Cleveland Saturday night, and they chatted up each other inside the Thunder's locker room after Sunday's game.

There's just a little discrepancy over which player got the best of the other back in the day.

“Everywhere we go, I beat him,” Ibaka insists. “In Congo, I beat him. In Spain. In the NBA.”

COLLISON INJURES ANKLE

Forward Nick Collison twisted his right ankle late in the third quarter against the Cavs when he landed on another player's foot.

Collison was treating the ankle immediately after the game and said it was sore. He wasn't sure about whether he'd be able to play tonight against the Wizards.

BOOK IT

One player to keep an eye one tonight is Washington forward Trevor Booker.

The last time the Thunder played the Wizards, the rookie forward went off for 21 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs. In that game on Jan. 28, a double-overtime win by the Thunder, Booker made nine of 11 shots before fouling out following a career-high 44 minutes.

Booker is averaging just 4.6 points and 3.4 rebounds this season.

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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