NBA playoffs preview: Can Ibaka-less Thunder sink Spurs?

Saturday May 17th, 2014
With Serge Ibaka (far right) sidelined, an even bigger burden falls on the Thunder's superstar duo.
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The loss of Ibaka, though, will likely expose cracks on both ends. Inconsistent and stagnant offense were problem areas against Memphis; extended bouts with either will be death against the Spurs. Strong interior defense was a particular strength against San Antonio this season; that calculation totally changes without Ibaka, putting Parker in a position to exert his will. The Thunder's 4-3 home record during the playoffs has been out of character and stands as one final red flag against a healthy, focused, determined opponent that has been firing on all cylinders for weeks.

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