Ibaka in all likelihood has yet to reach his ceiling as a shot-blocker. With low-post defensive ace Kendrick Perkins next to him, Ibaka has been even more of a force rejecting shots. Since Perkins debuted with the Thunder on March 14, Ibaka has averaged 3.46 blocks in 15 games.
“It's mental,” said Ibaka, who still is just 21. “Every time I'm on the court, I try to block shots. That's where I bring my effort. And when I start to block one, two shots, it gives me more motivation to keep doing it.”
DURANT NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kevin Durant was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played April 4 through April 10. In four games over that span, Durant led the Thunder to a 4-0 record, with wins coming against the Lakers, Clippers and Denver twice.
Durant averaged 30 points and 6.8 rebounds in the week.