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Serge Ibaka's confidence is shaken

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10:39 PM ET 05.12 | Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has had a nightmarish series through three games against the Grizzlies. After struggling mightily in Games 1 and 2, Ibaka had 13 points on 6-of-17 shooting in an 87-81 Game 3 loss. He missed all seven shots outside of the paint, and he also missed two dunks and several other bunnies around the basket. After the game, Kevin Durant said the struggles were in Ibaka's head, something that the Thunder big man admitted to on Sunday. "Yeah," Ibaka said. "It's normal, man. It's normal. A little bit. But that does not mean my confidence is way down because after all the shots I missed, after the (missed) dunk, I was still playing defense. I wanted to still help my teammates. I wanted to still try to be aggressive. But it's normal like he said. Of course, that happens to everybody." Ibaka is shooting 30.8 for the series, and with the Thunder down 2-1, the team needs him to snap out of his funk if they are going to come back.

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May 13, 2013  05:28 AM ET

Can all the punters now give Westbrook his due? I mean the guy's been knocked around by commentators for YEARS, and as soon as he goes down, OKC is in HUGE trouble. There is absolutely no rhythm to the offense, and guys like Ibaka struggle to get quality shots.

Like they say, you'll only know someone's worth when you don't have them.

May 13, 2013  06:30 AM ET

We all knew Ibaka had to improve his post moves and shooting this season, this guy can block but that's about it. He should be lethal in the paint and put up 20-10.

They should have amnestied Perkins, put a young or unexpensive center there and ride it out with Westbrook-Harden-Durant-Ibaka.

You can play small all the time with Durant and Ibaka at PF and C.

May 13, 2013  03:19 PM ET

Ibaka, and Perkins need to step it up!

 
May 13, 2013  08:19 PM ET

This problem has been brewing for a while. The Thunder run a two man offense all season. They shoot jump shots all night and ask the big men to set screens, rebound, defend the paint and score occasionally on put backs. Now that Westbrook is out, they want their bigs to be ready to help carry the load offensively. These are the things great teams get polished during the season.

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