Few players in the league are big and athletic enough to give Serge Ibaka a true taste of his own medicine at the rim. Al Horford, though, is certainly among them. Watch the Atlanta Hawks’ star authoritatively reject Ibaka’s statuesque layup attempt early in his team’s game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. Read More »
/ Jan 20, 2015 / 8:00 pm
Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Serge Ibaka are inarguably the most athletic trio of of teammates in basketball. Of course, the Oklahoma City Thunder stars are pretty damn skilled, too. Watch all three players put their multi-faceted talents on display early against the Miami Heat for a full-court fast break with no dribbles that ends in a powerful alley-oop jam by Ibaka. Read More »
/ Jan 15, 2015 / 4:45 pm
The first half of 2014-2015 hasn’t gone how the Denver Nuggets envisioned. Plagued by an unrelenting injury bug and a dreadful six-game losing streak in early November, the Nuggets find themselves on the outside looking in on the loaded Western Conference playoff race – with the fully healthy Oklahoma City Thunder just above them.
But if Ty Lawson’s dominant recent play is any indication, Denver’s lack of health fortune and awful start to the season might not doom them after all. The speedy 6-0 point guard has recovered from a balky ankle to play perhaps the best ball of his career in January, averaging 21.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per game on scintillating marks of 57.1 percent overall and 47.1 percent from beyond the arc.
In the midst of leading his team to a 5-1 start to the month, the perpetually underrated Lawson graciously took some time to talk with Dime about his clothing store, the shady nature of amateurism, changing nature of point guard play, Denver’s postseason hopes, and more in a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview. Read More »
Rudy Gobert, Serge Ibaka
Not many shot-blockers could thwart an aggressive Serge Ibaka dunk attempt. Fortunately for the Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert isn’t most shot-blockers. For the highlight of his seven blocks, watch the ascendant 7-2 Frenchman easily swat Ibaka’s soaring slam try during his team’s hard-fought loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. Read More »
/ Dec 18, 2014 / 11:15 pm
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors combined for 72 points in the first quarter of tonight’s headlining matchup. Kevin Durant was red hot from beyond the arc, Stephen Curry was splashing and dishing, and Russell Westbrook was attacking with typical aplomb. For our money, though, the most impressive highlight during the game’s first 12 minutes came on the other side of the ball. Watch Serge Ibaka utilize picture perfect timing on this beautiful block of Harrison Barnes’ fast break dunk attempt. Read More »
/ Dec 16, 2014 / 11:45 pm
It won’t really matter who coaches the Sacramento Kings if Rudy Gay makes play like this commonplace. Watch the high-flying wing beat his man to the paint and put Serge Ibaka on a poster with a double-pump jam in his team’s game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. Read More »
This was a story of hubris, reprisal and the ultimate futility of one-on-one battles in a game of five players per side. In the third quarter of last night’s Thunder-Pistons battle, Serge Ibaka rejected an Andre Drummond dunk attempt by swatting it against the backboard. He then turned towards the crowd — not towards Drummond, since that would immediately earn him a technical for taunting — and wagged his finger like Dikembe Mutombo. As you’ll see, the Gods of basketball would grant Drummond a chance to respond to Ibaka’s supercilious display. Read More »
Serge Ibaka (photo. NBA YouTube)
Believe it or not, Russell Westbrook didn’t beat the New York Knicks all by himself last night. Serge Ibaka had a hand in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s dominance, too. Watch the hyper-athletic big man catch a pass and initiate lift-off from just inside the free throw line for a soaring, powerful slam. Read More »
/ Nov 26, 2014 / 3:45 pm
When the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, it seemed like the team got absolutely nothing in return. Kevin Martin wasn’t able to replace Harden’s production and Jeremy Lamb never developed into the dangerous offensive weapon the Thunder had hoped he would.
But the Thunder also received the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft as part of the deal, which they used to select Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams. It’s a pick that makes Oklahoma City feel as if they’ve salvaged a valuable piece for their team after the infamous trade with Houston. Read More »
/ Nov 17, 2014 / 12:45 pm
Donatas Motiejunas, Serge Ibaka
Last night’s hideous game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder could have used a lot more of this. Watch Houston’s Donatas Motiejunas school shot-blocker extraordinaire Serge Ibaka with a slick pump-fake and spinning layup in his team’s 69-65 win. Read More »