May 12, 2019, 9:56 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka brought the goods in Sunday's Game 7, coming off the bench for 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on 6-of-10 from the field.
Ibaka was Toronto's second-leading scorer and was a team-high plus-22 in his 29 minutes tonight. The Raptors failed to get much of anything from their bench all series but came away with wins whenever Ibaka had a productive game, and he stepped up in a big way tonight. Fred VanVleet was also solid in limited action despite an 0-of-5 shooting performance, chipping in four points and two steals. The Raptors won the bench battle handily in this one and it kept things close enough to allow Kawhi Leonard to end it.
May 9, 2019, 10:49 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka had a rough go of it in Game 6 on Thursday, fouling out while shooting 3-of-10 in 22 minutes.
Ibaka was hesitant all game after missing a few clean looks early, and the Raptors got nothing from their bench group once more. They looked to be back on track after two solid games but laid an egg tonight. They'll need more than that in Sunday's Game 7, obviously.
May 7, 2019, 8:38 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka suffered an eye laceration in Tuesday's Game 5 but is expected to return to action.
Ibaka left the game and headed to the locker room but got stitched up and should return to action tonight.
Source: Doug Smith on Twitter
May 5, 2019, 6:21 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka stepped up in a big way in Sunday's Game 4, producing 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 32 minutes of action.
Someone needed to deliver with Pascal Siakam hobbled and Ibaka rose to the occasion. He got blocked twice by Joel Embiid and was way off target on three wide-open attempts from deep, but he did bury a mid-range jumper in the final minutes to chip into a collective team win and battled on the glass. If Ibaka is this engaged going forward it would be a huge lift to the Raptors, who basically cut things down to a six-man rotation today. Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw logged seven, four and five minutes respectively.
April 30, 2019, 1:52 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
When asked about what he could/should do differently in Game 3 Nick Nurse said, "We'll continue to examine it and think about it and maybe I'll pull the trigger in a different direction next game."
Coach Nick Nurse will likely explore tinkering with his rotations as every series is a new chess match. One possibility would be to change Marc Gasol's minutes to match up entirely with Joel Embiid and to play Serge Ibaka when Embiid is off the court. After the Sixers squeezed out a win in Game 2, this could be the move.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
April 29, 2019, 11:16 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka was just about invisible in Monday's Game 2 loss to the Sixers with just two points and one rebound, going just 1-for-5 from the field in 13 minutes.
Ibaka didn't do much in Game 1, but he was really a non-factor in this one. The Raptors were sub-par in quite a few areas tonight and still had a chance to win, so a better game off the bench from Ibaka could be enough to swing Game 3.
April 21, 2019, 9:42 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka logged 20 minutes off the bench on Sunday and delivered 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, adding eight rebounds, one trey and one assist, including one huge block on Aaron Gordon.
Ibaka's been running hot and cold throughout this series, making it hard to trust him in a DFS scenario. Marc Gasol played 25 minutes and was quietly held to scoring just two points. Big Spain did manage to add value in other areas with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. As long as these two big men are sharing time like this, neither of them will come up with monster lines. But as long as the Raptors keep on winning, the coaching staff is not likely going to change its course any time soon.
April 16, 2019, 10:41 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka shot 4-for-8 from the field for 13 points with eight boards, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes off the bench in a 111-82 win over the Magic on Tuesday.
After scoring just five points and essentially becoming a non-factor in Game 1, Ibaka made his veteran presence felt to lead the bench in Game 2. His toughness and efficiency led the Raptors to a 1-1 series tie ahead of Game 3 on Friday in Orlando. Expect the Raptors to make a big statement on their road trip down south.
April 13, 2019, 3:27 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Nick Nurse mentioned using Serge Ibaka and Kawhi Leonard at the power forward spot more in the wake of OG Anunoby's appendectomy.
Anunoby is expected to miss at least two weeks and might not return until the Conference Finals. Ibaka has excelled as a full-time center this season, though a frontcourt pairing of Ibaka and Marc Gasol figured to be a look that Toronto would need to dust off eventually. Aaron Gordon has too much size and strength for the Raptors to comfortably rely on small lineups so we'll see Ibaka and Kawhi slide down and open things up on the wings. Norman Powell, Jeremy Lin and Jodie Meeks are battling for those spots.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
April 9, 2019, 11:29 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka (rest) didn’t appear in Tuesday’s regular-season finale but put together a nice bounce-back campaign.
Ibaka made the move to full-time center and it did wonders for his game in both fantasy and reality. He wasn’t exposed on the perimeter and could focus more on protecting the rim defensively, and on the other end of the floor he was able to get to his money spots in the mid-range rather than jack up triples. Ibaka took only 2.3 triples per game this year, which is the fewest he’s taken since 2013-14 – the last year where Ibaka didn’t have threes as a regular part of the arsenal. Though he hit them at just 29 percent, his changing shot spectrum resulted in a .529 mark from the field, which not-so-coincidentally was his highest since 2013-14. Ibaka finished the year with top-75/60 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats, gaining about a round and a half on last year’s finish. The big man and his creaky knees managed to stay healthy to boot, as Ibaka played in 74 games (four absences for right knee soreness/swelling, three for suspension, one for rest) and delivered top-60 total value.
April 9, 2019, 6:42 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka (undisclosed) is now sitting Tuesday's finale against the Wolves.
Expect Eric Moreland and Chris Boucher to see a few additional minutes. There's not much fantasy value to be had here.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
April 5, 2019, 9:45 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka needed only 20 minutes on Friday night to contribute 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks on 10-for-15 shooting.
Despite being shuffled in and out of the starting lineup since the trade for Marc Gasol, Ibaka has been pretty consistent this season. The 20 points and 12 rebounds marked his 22nd double-double of the season and the Toronto big man is averaging his highest field goal percentage since 2014.
March 31, 2019, 12:11 amSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka started in place of Pascal Siakam (rest) on Saturday night and was active in his 28 minutes, going 10-for-16 from the floor for 23 points to go with 12 rebounds, two triples and a block.
The Raptors hadn't used Ibaka alongside Marc Gasol for any serious length of time before tonight, so they used a matchup against the lowly Bulls to not only get Siakam some rest but explore a lineup combination that they may need in certain playoff matchups. Both big men remain must-start fantasy options, even when the rotation reverts to typical form in the next one. Ibaka's made the move to full-time center this season and it's resulted in a throwback campaign with top-70/55 value (8/9-cat).
March 30, 2019, 7:11 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
The Raptors will insert Serge Ibaka into the starting lineup over Pascal Siakam in Saturday's game against the Bulls.
Coach Nurse wants to get a different look at things with a new lineup and using the Bulls as a guinea pig isn't a bad idea considering they're blatantly tanking. Both players should see similar value as before, but obviously Siakam's fantasy ceiling takes a bit of a hit. We'd still expect him to see nearly 30 minutes, unless the game gets out of hand.
Source: Doug Smith Raptors on Twitter
March 26, 2019, 10:39 pmSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka finished Tuesday's easy win with 16 points (7-of-13 FG), eight rebounds, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
Ibaka had a fairly dominant 23 minutes as the Raptors rolled right through the Bulls tonight. Marc Gasol started and came away with two points (1-of-6 FG), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 20 minutes.