Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/23/13
A Tuesday night preseason game against the Phoenix Suns without both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant meant only one thing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was Serge Ibaka's time to shine. The fifth-year forward had a rare chance to be the focal point of the offense an opportunity to flaunt his development by firing up as many shots as his chiseled shoulders could squeeze off. Yet the most impressive part of Ibaka’s performance was that he didn’t indulge himself in the Thunder’s 88-76 loss inside US Airways Center. Instead he showed patience and poise despite having the ultimate green light for the better part of his 27 minutes. There were enticing flashes of Ibaka’s growth — moments when he made you think back to remember whether he’s shown a certain skill — but there was even more evidence that he’s still a work in progress. With the offense essentially turning into a two-man show featuring Ibaka and Reggie Jackson the Thunder put Ibaka in numerous positions to post up and...
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