OKC Gets Ibaka Back; Now a Whole New Series

Serge+Ibaka+Oklahoma+City+Thunder+v+Dallas+1-ZUf28KnCKlChances for the Oklahoma City Thunder making their way through this series was pretty slim after they lost Serge Ibaka. He was the player that held both the offense and the defense together because his plays helped out both sections of the team. He used intimidation and his incredible jump to clear space for some superb players on the team like Durant and Westbrook to do their thing. This well oiled machine was thrown for a loop when Ibaka suffered a calf injury that was going to have him sitting out for the rest of the playoffs. Fortunately for the Thunder and their fans, Ibaka is back much earlier than they anticipated and thoughts and hopes of many successful playoff games are at the forefront of many Oklahoma minds.

Ibaka came back and immediately helped his team to a victory last Thursday. Then earlier this week he was 6-for-7 from the floor and scored 15 points. Even more importantly, he took back his place in the well-oiled machine and cleared the way for both Durant and Westbrook to get 51 points, combined on 38 total shots. It might be true that Oklahoma City is already too far behind or that Ibaka won’t be able to sustain this kind of performance because of his injury, but upsets have happened before and it makes perfect sense for Thunder fans to wish that they would happen again. It has happened to the Oklahoma City team before. Recall the Western Conference Finals in 2012 when the Thunder came out with four straight wins. If the Thunder pull out four wins again, in a row, during these playoff games, it will be remarkable. Even more than that, it will surely be due to Ibaka re-entering the game and helping them remember how to lean on each other and work as a team, even against the league’s harshest offenses.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://ift.tt/1gEiiSY

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Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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