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Serge Ibaka | Center/Forward | #9

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: Republic of Congo
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (24) / OKC
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Serge Ibaka looked great in his second straight start at center on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes.
This was a huge bounce-back effort from Ibaka after he made just 4-of-16 field goals in Game 4. Ibaka had an aggressive mindset tonight and opened the first quarter with two poster dunks over Giannis Antetokounmpo, though foul trouble would eventually slow him down. He grabbed six rebounds with three assists, one steal, three blocks and a triple and will look to keep this momentum going on Thursday for Game 6 in Milwaukee. DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and six assists for the Raptors and DeMarre Carroll notched 12 points with six boards and two steals. Apr 24 - 9:57 PM

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Serge Ibaka started at center against the Bucks during a Game 4 win on Saturday, making 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, three blocks and one turnover in 26 minutes.

His power forward minutes went completely away in this game with no minutes next to Jonas Valanciunas. Ibaka only played one minute next to Patrick Patterson, so he was out there with a lot of space on the offensive end. That led to a lot of jumpers, but he couldn't get them to fall. While this game wasn't eye-popping on the stat sheet, the new rotation is a favorable one for Ibaka going forward.
Apr 22 - 6:17 PM

Serge Ibaka said his sore ankle was feeling much better on Wednesday.

Ibaka didn't appear to be limited by the ankle injury at all during Tuesday's Game 2 win when he put up 16 points, seven boards, six assists, two blocks and four triples through 36 minutes of floor time, so he should be just fine for Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee.
Apr 19 - 1:50 PM

Serge Ibaka had 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 6-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's big 106-100 win over the Bucks to tie their first-round series at 1-1.

This was basically a must-win game for the Raptors at home and Ibaka did most of his damage in the first three quarters. He was dealing with an ankle injury coming into this one but it looks like he feels great. Game 3 is in Milwaukee on Thursday night.
Apr 18 - 9:43 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) is good to go for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.

Ibaka didn't appear limited at all while going through his pregame routine, so he shouldn't have any sort of restrictions tonight as the Raptors look to even up the series before heading to Milwaukee. Joining Ibaka in the starting five for Game 2 will be Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas.

Dwane Casey said that Serge Ibaka (ankle) "should be good to go" for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.

The Raptors still want Ibaka to go through his pregame routine before an official decision is made, but after going through shootaround without issue, it looks like Ibaka will be on the floor tonight. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on his status.
Apr 18 - 5:28 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) went through shootaround this morning, but coach Dwane Casey said Ibaka will be a game-time decision for Game 2 on Tuesday night vs. the Bucks.

Ibaka tweaked his left ankle after landing on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot during Game 1 and sat out Monday's practice. Ibaka had his ankle heavily taped on Tuesday, but the fact that he was able to participate in shootaround is a good sign. However, it appears we will have to wait until shortly before tip-off to have confirmation on his status. If Ibaka is unable to play, Jonas Valanciunas, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson will likely see an uptick in minutes. Casey might also choose to play Jakob Poeltl or Lucas Nogueira.
Apr 18 - 10:48 AM

Serge Ibaka sat out Monday's practice with a sore ankle, but Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey is expecting him to play in Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Bucks.

"It’s day by day," said Ibaka, "I woke up this morning and was walking perfect." Ibaka tweaked his ankle coming down on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot during Game 1, and while he acknowledged that it would be tough to suit up if the Raptors had a game today, he feels he'll be good to go by Tuesday. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Apr 17 - 2:23 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with 14 rebounds, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

He was Toronto's best defender in this game and served as the backbone of the defense at times. Ibaka was very successful as a five man with OKC in the postseason last year and coach Dwane Casey has used him a bunch in that role in the last two months, so expect him to play minutes in the upper 30s in this series. Maybe Casey puts Ibaka on Giannis Antetokounmpo more often.
Apr 15 - 9:24 PM

Serge Ibaka (rest) will not play on Wednesday against the Cavs.

He'll get his first game off since his suspension. With Ibaka out, there should be more minutes going to the young bigs: Jakob Poeltl, Lucas Nogueira and Pascal Siakam. Ibaka will be ready to roll this weekend.
Apr 12 - 6:44 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting on Sunday, to go with four rebounds, one 3-pointer and no other statistics in 27 minutes.

Since Kyle Lowry got back on the court three games ago, Ibaka has seen his usage rate dip to 14.9, and it’s clear that he’s struggled to make the adjustment to playing alongside Lowry. He’s also only managed to swat away two shots over the past four games and has been connecting on just 34.1 percent of his shot attempts during that four-game span. There are no guarantees he’ll be able to turn things around for Toronto’s final regular-season game of the season, Wednesday vs. Cleveland.
Apr 9 - 4:14 PM

Serge Ibaka had another brutal night offensively on Wednesday, going 2-of-9 from the field and 1-of-6 from deep for seven points, seven rebounds and one block.

Ibaka scored eight points on 3-of-13 shooting on Tuesday, going 0-of-6 from deep, and he's now a combined 1-of-14 from downtown in April. He shot a pristine 11-of-17 from the same range in the final four games of March, however, so owners can expect better down the stretch as Toronto looks to hold off Washington for the No. 3 seed.
Apr 5 - 10:30 PM

In his highest-scoring game since joining the Raptors, Serge Ibaka made 11-of-17 shots for 24 points with six rebounds, one steal and a season-high six blocks.

It was a huge game for Ibaka, who took advantage of the fact that Philly gives up the sixth-most blocks of any team in the league. He's been rolling as a mid-round value and Kyle Lowry's eventual return shouldn't hurt him, since it'll free up easier shot attempts.
Apr 2 - 8:45 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

That's his first double-double in March and the Raptors just smashed on the offensive glass in this game. Ibaka also turned in his first multiple-block game since Mar. 19, which was also against the Pacers. He should be a mid-round guy the rest of the way.
Mar 31 - 9:55 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers during a 94-86 win over the Mavs on Saturday.

The Raptors actually haven't been too bad without Ibaka off the court, but he's putting up some good stats these days. In his last four active games, he's averaged 16.8 points, 7.0 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks and 2.3 treys. He's been performing as expected as a sixth-round player since arriving in The North. DeMar DeRozan also added 18 points during this win.
Mar 26 - 12:42 AM