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Serge Ibaka doing it on offense and defense

Power forward-turned-center Serge Ibaka anchors the Oklahoma City Thunder's small lineup.
Welcome to Loud City May 24, 2016

Marina previews Game 4 with Radio Sport New Zealand

More pick and rolls for Serge Ibaka? It could happen. The guys over at the Crowd Goes Wild breakfast show on Radio Sport in New Zealand had me on to talk Thunder today. We discussed the adjustments Billy Donovan made, as well as the changing roles of Andre Roberson and Serge Ibaka. You can listen to the full chat here. Huge thanks to the folks over at Radio Sport NZ for having me on periodically throughout the year. Hope you guys enjoy!
Pounding The Rock May 23, 2016

Spurs Playbook: Postmortem on the Spurs/Thunder series

Donovan's adjustment to go to Kanter over Ibaka was the adjustment that changed the series. Was this the difference? Or did the Spurs just play a team with the two best players on the court. The 2016 playoffs have been owned by three players, two of whom have inexplicably become underrated: LeBron James and Kevin Durant (Westbrook being the third). In a season rightfully dominated by the Warriors' quest for 72 and San Antonio's quest for perfection at home, LeBron and KD went under the radar. But during these playoffs the NBA's "former" top two players have challenged the notion that this...
Welcome to Loud City May 19, 2016

Game 2 Analysis: Unprepared Thunder crushed by versatile Warriors, 91-118

Bench Ibaka, give the ball to Waiters. In a game that was over before it started, the Oklahoma city Thunder were defeated by the Golden State Warriors, 91-118. I say that the game was over because the Thunder's defensive tactics were terrible. The Thunder's defenders switched around every screen. This allowed the Warriors to use their more agile players to score in mismatch situations. Furthermore, Ibaka was routinely exploited for his lack of speed of defense. Somehow, the Thunder were able to keep the game competitive until the third quarter, when Golden State blew the game wide open. But...
Golden State Of Mind May 17, 2016

NBA Playoffs 2016: Thunder punch Warriors in gut, win Game 1

I'm calling it: This series is going seven. The Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs were a combined 79-3 at home during the regular season. That's a 96.3% winning percentage. The Thunder just won four straight games against these two teams. This is getting very, very real. The Thunder have turned on their jet engine of destruction by shortening their rotation and allowing their stars to take over the game. They are young, huge, hungry, and downright nasty. Their small forward is seven feet tall. Collectively, their starting front line of Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, and Steven...
Bright Side Of The Sun May 16, 2016

Summer Scenarios: Should the Suns look to deal for Serge Ibaka?

Rather than strike out in free agency, Phoenix should look to the trade market. As recently detailed by Dave King, the Suns are going to lean in heavy on the free agent market this summer. Whether this will prove to be a formidable pursuit or another Charlie Brown-like fall is remained to be seen. But with so many teams flowing with cap space, the returns on exploring the realms of free agency could prove to be dangerous. Strike out on the big fish and you could be relegated to overpaying for a fringe player just to hit the salary floor. Due to this reality, teams are expected to hit the...
Pounding The Rock May 13, 2016

Still feeling the repercussions of Ibaka blocking Duncan

Coming to grips with Game 6's unsightly poetry. With 3:14 to go in a Game 6 that the Spurs had no business slogging their way back into, Tim Duncan jumped. The worst-kept secret in the NBA for the good part of the last decade has been that Tim Duncan rarely does it -- at least, not in the traditional two-feet-off-the-ground sort of way. Somewhere over the course of five titles, two MVPs and a war-chest of other awards, he's figured the game out in a way that precludes resorting to one of its most basic skills, outwitting players far younger and more athletic, anchoring a couple of all-time...
Welcome to Loud City May 13, 2016

OKC Thunder Podcast: Loud Noises - episode 30; So long Spurs! What's up Warriors?

Recapping the Thunder's impressive, not-as-surprising-as-people-think Round 2 "upset" over the Spurs. I realize it's easy to say all that I am about to say after the fact, but I'm doing it anyway and I'll cling to the fact that I did predict OKC in 6 before the series started. Here it goes: This should hardly be considered an upset. The Thunder has had the Spurs number since 2012 and have always had an athletic advantage that the Spurs simply couldn't withstand over the course of a series - save for 2014 when Ibaka's calf Boris Diaw brought dynamic playmaking from a position that wasn't...
Daily Thunder May 11, 2016

Down to Dunk Ep. 243: Game 5 Spurs vs. Thunder Recap with Jon Hamm

On today’s podcast Jon Hamm joins to discuss the following topics: GAME 5 WIN!!! The Ultimate Westbrook Game The calming presence that is Dion Waiters Enes Kanter’s arms Serge Ibaka? And much more! Thanks
Pounding The Rock May 4, 2016

GIF Breakdown: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2

LaMarcus Aldridge had his second jaw-dropping game in a row, here's a review of some of his buckets. LaMarcus Aldridge hit 15 of his 21 field goal attempts in the Spurs' loss to the Thunder in game 2, finding success from all over the floor and against whoever was tasked with guarding him. San Antonio got its first points on a one-dribble Aldridge jumper over Serge Ibaka. Aldridge has had his way with Ibaka in the first two games of the series, abusing the smaller defender and getting pretty much whatever he wants on the floor. Wide-open 15-footer for Aldridge? That's automatic. Steven...
Pounding The Rock May 3, 2016

San Antonio vs Oklahoma City, Final Score: Spurs comeback falls short, Thunder prevail 98-97

The Thunder came out strong in this game, and won at the end on a controversial non-call as Westbrook and Durant carried their team to a win. Aldridge and Leonard starred for the Spurs, but couldn't quite get over the hump as the Thunder evened the series 1-1 The Thunder came out of the gate aggressively, with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant staking their team to a big lead, along with huge contributions from Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter, who contributed practically nothing in the first game. The Spurs were almost able to execute an incredible comeback at the end, but the final play...

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