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This is probably a familiar sight to Oklahoma City Thunder fans, but here's Serge Ibaka absolutely taking over the game during a friendly between Spain and Argentina on Monday:
Plays like that -- and the chemistry among Ibaka, Ricky Rubio and Marc Gasol -- are a pretty big reason why Team USA can't sleep on Spain when the FIBA World Cup tips off Saturday.
Clippers, Thunder scuffle
Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin have a bit of a history, so it's no surprise that an innocuous bit of contact between the two turned into a dust-up during the Clippers' win over the Thunder on Wednesday night. As scuffles go, it wasn't terribly vicious -- the worst that happened was Ibaka bringing his hand back like he was going to throw a punch but never actually throwing said punch -- but it did result in ejections for Ibaka and Matt Barnes and a technical foul for Griffin. Barnes actually tweeted during the third quarter after being ejected, but we can't repeat what he said.
Kevin Durant cried after the Thunder lost the NBA Finals, and for good reason: Despite his best efforts, Oklahoma City simply couldn't challenge the Heat beyond five games. It's got to be a huge disappointment for Durant, but let's not forget that he and the rest of the Thunder's core are all quite young, which bodes well for their future as contenders. Are they at the level where they can be perennial threats to win the Finals, or do they need to consider making some changes?
A return trip?
Neither the Heat nor the Thunder is on track to lose any of their superstars in the near future.
If a few things had gone differently, the Thunder still might be playing in these Finals, which suggests they should consider standing pat.
Russell Westbrook was feast or famine in the Finals. Would Kevin Durant be more effective with a different point guard?