Originally written December 18, 2012 on NESN.com:
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The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a jumpstart against the Spurs, so coach Scott Brooks went to the player he often turns to in times of need. And Thabo Sefolosha, as he often does, delivered. That is correct. Sefolosha, the 28-year-old guard who has started every game he has played in the last four seasons, yet whom few casual fans would recognize if you gave them a signed photo, may be the Thunder’s ultimate defensive weapon. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are the indispensible stars, Serge Ibaka blocks a ton of shots and Kendrick Perkins supplies grit and screen-setting, but Sefolosha provides the defensive edge that puts Oklahoma City over the top as the best team in the NBA. Out of the Thunder’s super-role players, Ibaka has been the headliner all season for his improved offensive play, which he displayed against the Spurs on Monday. The Congolese power forward scored 25 points on an array of midrange jump shots and pick-and-roll finishes to help the Thunder defeat the Spurs....
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