Don’t go thinking Serge Ibaka is a shot blocking, defense only kind of player. He has developed a quality offensive game too that makes him a dangerous pick-and-roll partner because he can roll hard to the hoop or pop out and hit the midrange.
Watch the highlights of Ibaka’s 25 points against the Spurs and you’ll see Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant use him in both ways. Ibaka added 17 rebounds in the game as well.
Oh, and of course there is a blocked shot as well.
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Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
Rose update: Swelling around eye remains. Scheduled to be back w/ team next week. Activity could be delayed beyond 2-week window.
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.