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Caron Butler arrived in Oklahoma City with an inkling that he’d get some playing time.
But this much, this early? Not sure anyone could have expected that.
Since his arrival, Butler has averaged 27 minutes in his four games. Other than the Thunder’s big three – Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka – that’s easily the most of any OKC player during that stretch.
Forget about easing him in. Coach Scott Brooks has immediately given Butler a starter’s share of the playing time.
“I’m not surprised,” Brooks said, when asked about how quickly Butler has carved out such a substantial rotation role. “I’m excited about what he brings us.”
Excited enough to not only give him big minutes, but give him important minutes.
In two of the past three games, Butler has been in the closing five.
And alongside him has been a lineup that we can probably expect to see more of in the future: Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka, Butler and Derek Fisher.
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BEST OF MAXIM
On the basketball court Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka is a man of many talents being able to blocks shots, grab rebounds, and consistency hit perimeter jumpers.
Off the court, Serge looks to be showing off his culinary talents wearing a chef’s hat and shooting a video in the photo below posted to his Twitter:
I don't only shoot on the court, also in my kitchen ...
Despite the Oklahoma City Thunder cruising on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, Serge Ibaka had a hard time staying on his feet.
During a stoppage of play in the third, Russell Westbrook hit the floor and Ibaka went over to help his teammate of the ground.
Sadly for Ibaka, he slipped and fell on his behind:
Ibaka falls down [@CJZero]
Ibaka image courtesy of Getty Images
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Photo: AP Images
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