Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka on the verge of leading league in blocks

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 11, 2011

In just his second NBA season, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka is on the cusp of leading the league in total blocked shots. Ibaka had 189 entering Monday's game at Sacramento, three more than Washington's JaVale McGee. In Washington's 95-94 win against Boston on Monday, McGee finished with five blocks.

But Ibaka actually upped his lead by swatting six shots in the Thunder's 120-112 win over the Kings. Ibaka had four rejections after halftime.

Now, all Ibaka has to do is maintain his four-block lead over McGee in Wednesday's season finale against Milwaukee. The Wizards play at Cleveland on Wednesday. Orlando's Dwight Howard is third in total blocks but now trails by 10 blocks.

Ibaka won't finish the season as the block leader in per-game blocks. Bucks center Andrew Bogut has 168 blocks through 65 games, giving him a 2.58 average. Ibaka is tied with Howard for third with a 2.4 average.

Still, Ibaka has been somewhat surprised at his success.

“I wasn't thinking about leading the league,” Ibaka said. “I was thinking block shots and see what happens. Blocking shots is part of my job on this team. It's something I like to do, too. I enjoy it every time when I block shots. It just comes natural.”

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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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