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Collison said he would understand if Brooks wants to go small with the lineup and put him back in his reserve role. "If coach doesn't feel like that lineup is good or whatever, then that's up to him," he said. "But for me personally, I'm just trying to get in there and do what I do well and try to get to the right spots and make the right plays." USA Today Sports

Collison will find out on Tuesday if his tooth that was pushed back toward his throat will need to be glued back in place. The Thunder, meanwhile, have a repair job of their own to get to work on in time for Game 2 on Wednesday. "We weren't good enough," said Collison, the always-classy veteran who only played 15 minutes and missed all three of his shots. "Offensively, we've got to be better too. But it's not necessarily like, 'Serge is gone, replay Serge (and his role).' It's like, whoever is the five who are out there have to really play at a high level. The Spurs are great at moving the ball, finding the open man and eventually getting to the paint. We've got to be able to cut that stuff off so they're not getting in the paint and we're making them shoot jumpshots over a hand instead of letting them get to the basket so much." USA Today Sports

Far from the beginnings of these Western Conference finals, far from these unfortified Oklahoma City Thunder, Serge Ibaka is defiant and determined for the world to witness his Willis Reed moment. Ibaka, so proud, so professional, is respectively raging against his injury diagnosis. Ibaka is back in Oklahoma City for Games 1 and 2 – ruled out of the playoffs with a lower leg injury – but his willingness to play with pain, his loyalty to the championship cause, has him thinking about starting some stationary shooting late this week, a league source told Yahoo Sports on Monday. Yahoo! Sports

Deep down, Ibaka understands his medical timetable couldn't possibly include a return to these conference finals, but no one has yet talked him out of the belief he'd be back in the lineup if the Thunder advanced to the NBA Finals, a source said. The Thunder believed this injury would be a one-to-two-month recovery period. Without a tear in that plantaris muscle, though, Ibaka wants to believe it can be sooner. Yahoo! Sports

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Marc J. Spears: On Ibaka's injured calf, Brooks said he doesn't know yet and says he will know more Friday. Said Ibaka told him he was uncertain. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will not be fined or suspended for hitting Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the groin, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Ibaka hit Griffin in the groin with his fist early in the Thunder's 101-99 loss to the Clippers in Game 4 of a second-round series on Sunday. Ibaka said the incident was an accident because he was pushed from behind by Thunder teammate Kendrick Perkins. Yahoo! Sports

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Adams can get under the skin of opponents, but he seems to have found the good graces of his teammates. He has two clear endearing qualities: a quirky sense of humor and an absence of pretension. He once auditioned for a theater production of “The Hobbit” in Wellington. “Sometimes you’re mad, and when you see him you start to smile because he cannot stop making people smile,” said Serge Ibaka, whose disposition is not always so sunny. New York Times

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