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Inside The Numbers

By Randy Renner

As we further explore the match-up between the Thunder and the Spurs beginning on Monday night we've collected some of the numbers that could have a major impact on the series or at least give you an idea of where the trends are and what the keys might be.

Serge Ibaka's injury should have a dramatic impact on the Thunder's defense, especially at the rim but probably also out on the perimeter. The impact at the rim should be obvious with Ibaka's shot blocking prowess and his ability to alter shots and even force teams away from what they usually do down there.

In fact during the regular season the Spurs shot just 46.6 percent from within five feet against the Thunder when Ibaka was on the floor and 63.6 percent when he wasn't. Overall the Spurs shot 42.3 percent against the Thunder in the regular season with Ibaka protecting the rim and 51.4 percent when Serge was on the bench.

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