Sunday, it was Russell Westbrook.
Wednesday, it was Serge Ibaka.
Hopefully, tonight it won't be Kevin Durant – or anyone else, for that matter.
The past two games the Thunder have had a player ejected for scuffling with the opponent. Westbrook got tossed with 3:19 to play against Washington and then Ibaka got thrown out just before halftime at Los Angeles after getting tangled up with Blake Griffin and then pushing Matt Barnes. Ibaka hit Griffin last year below the belt last year in a game against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Oklahoma City rallied past Washington for a win in overtime. Against the Clippers, after Ibaka started the game six-for-six from the field, the Thunder lost after leading by nine points at halftime. The Clippers dominated the second half, particularly inside, after Ibaka got ejected. Los Angeles went 14-of-20 shooting in the paint in the second half
“They don’t need to (provide an explanation). That’s their call," Durant said of the call to The Oklahoman. They make that decision. We just got to move on and live with it. It is what it is. Of course, we would love to have Serge out there. But it didn’t happen like that. We still had a chance to win the game.”
The Thunder will certainly need to be at full strength tonight against Golden State. The Warriors won Tuesday at home against Detroit and are unbeaten at home this season.
“It was a physical game and anything can happen," Ibaka said to The Oklahoman. "But the referee made the decision so I will take it. I didn’t see the video after that so I will try to make sure and watch it…I was really disappointed. I will learn from my mistake, and all I can do now is be focused about tomorrow’s game.”