Northern Neighbour wrote:
The effect of Leonard's even-keel personality and approach to the game is best exhibited in Serge Ibaka. In the past and even earlier this season, Ibaka would raise his finger or both arms in the air after blocking a shot. He would gloat for a few seconds before making his way back up the court. Fast forward to Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, and Ibaka is high-fiving his teammates with an expressionless look on his face should the ball go out of bounds. If the ball is still in play, he's battling for it and trying to grab the rebound. He's getting back into position in order to thwart another FG attempt. Or as he did in Game 4, he's volleying the blocked basketball up in the air, snatching it away from two Warriors, and passing it to Kyle Lowry. Then he's making his way back up the court, catching a pass from his PG, and shooting and hitting a trailing 3.
We wouldn't have seen this version of Ibaka in the past, but he's adopted the no-nonsense, all-business persona of #2. And he's become a better player as a result.
As a wise man once said, play and win with purely professional approach, everything channeled and directed towards task at hand.