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

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With Serge Ibaka (far right) sidelined, an even bigger burden falls on the Thunder's superstar duo.

With Serge Ibaka (far right) sidelined, an even bigger burden falls on the Thunder's superstar duo.

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.