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08:12 AM ET 06.19 | Add Serge Ibaka to a list of LeBron James critics. [Ibaka] is not impressed with Heat forward LeBron James' defensive effort on Kevin Durant so far in the NBA Finals. "LeBron is not a good defender," Ibaka said about the player who received the most votes for the league's all-defensive team, which is selected by the coaches. "He can play defense for two to three minutes but not 48 minutes." James was switched onto Durant after Game 1 when Durant scored 36 points and shot 12-of-20 with Shane Battier primarily covering him. Since, Durant is averaging 28.5 points on 23-of-41 shooting and Heat have won two games, taking a 2-1 series lead into Tuesday's Game 4. "LeBron can't play (Durant) one-on-one," Ibaka said.

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June 19, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Few players can defend Durrant. It's a matter of containing him and not letting him hurt you.

June 19, 2012  08:26 AM ET

The top players will get their points regardless especially if you are primarily a jump shooter like Durant who is 6-10 and can put the ball on the floor as well you can't stop that one on one. I think this is just bulletin board material to try to get Lebron to take the bait.

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June 19, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Cry me a river....if OKC wants to win a game in Miami to bring this series back to OKC, the players need to be quiet and focus on the game. They've got a lot of work to do.

June 19, 2012  08:46 AM ET

OKC will come back tonight and bring it - This series is going all the way to seven games fellas...

June 19, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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OKC will come back tonight and bring it - This series is going all the way to seven games fellas...

I sure hope so.

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June 19, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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Yuup, you can tell they're new to the finals...lolJust let your play do the talking.

Trying to take a page out of Phil Jackson's book...use the media to influence the other team. Not sure that is the way to go. Just play as hard and fast as you can and win this next dang game!!! That is all I ask for

Signed, A Thunder Fan

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June 19, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Talk is cheap. Ibaka and OKC should just shut up and play the way they're capable of playing since so far they've been choking.

Kind of hard to win when you're playing against the Heat and the Refs. These jokers have had all the call going Lebron and D. Wades way!

June 19, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Actually it's a matter of Durant living in foul trouble and LeBron never being called for the 15-20 elbows he throws during a game.

June 19, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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I find it completely pathetic how the talking heads keep flipping sides and thoughts game to game.lbj 3 games ago was a loser...now he's the goat, rw was an all around pg 2 games ago, now hes a hog, wade is broken, now hes a stud.......Blah, blah, blah......The teams are really very even, possibly the most evenly matched finals i can remember. And whomever wins will deserve it and will have earned it

Have you ever seen it otherwise. Momentum completely shifts after every game that does not have the same result as the last game. AN FNers are even worse. If OKC wins, they will have finally learned to handle finals pressure and grown up. Miami will not know how close out the deal. etc. The same will be true of individuals as well.

June 19, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Have you ever seen it otherwise. Momentum completely shifts after every game that does not have the same result as the last game. AN FNers are even worse. If OKC wins, they will have finally learned to handle finals pressure and grown up. Miami will not know how close out the deal. etc. The same will be true of individuals as well.

But consistent through it all will be those who blame it all on the refs...LMAO

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June 19, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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I find it completely pathetic how the talking heads keep flipping sides and thoughts game to game.lbj 3 games ago was a loser...now he's the goat, rw was an all around pg 2 games ago, now hes a hog, wade is broken, now hes a stud.......Blah, blah, blah......The teams are really very even, possibly the most evenly matched finals i can remember. And whomever wins will deserve it and will have earned it

I agree with you, the inconsistancy of some of these people baffles me.

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June 19, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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Kind of hard to win when you're playing against the Heat and the Refs. These jokers have had all the call going Lebron and D. Wades way!

Don't even get me started...I don't blame refs for missing calls. If OKC had played better in the 4th quarter, the no calls/bad calls wouldn't have mattered. It is what it is. OKC just needs to get busy on the defensive end (yes, they can play defense, people...just ask SA) and make some shots! Bring on the game! :)

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