Serge Ibaka Welcomes LA Clippers to His Block Party

Stephen BabbFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, of Congo, defends in the first half of Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, May 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Serge Ibaka knows a thing or two about protecting the rim. He got his second and third blocks of Game 4 on consecutive shots, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder jumper out to an early first-half lead over the Los Angeles Clippers. This time, the victims were DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul.

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Ibaka's physical play has almost certainly impacted the Clippers. It impacted Blake Griffin in a particularly sensitive area earlier in the first quarter.

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Ibaka got all ball this time, though.

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A game ago, Griffin suffered a bloody nose on account of Ibaka's elbow. 

There was at least one shot Ibaka couldn't get to, though. Jordan got a little revenge for the early block with this stuff.

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This series is in no small part being played above the rim.