After his electric Game 7 performance helped the Toronto Raptors into the Eastern Conference Finals, Serge Ibaka struggled to follow things up in Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
He tallied four points in just over 17 minutes of action, well below his Game 7 output of 17. Ibaka told reporters Thursday he knows there's room for improvement.
"Personally, I think I need to do a better job," Ibaka said. "I know every time I bring my energy my teammates feed off that. I didn't bring that last night. I'm going to do better next game."
According to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, the Raptors are now 6-0 in the playoffs when Ibaka scores 10-plus points and 2-5 when he doesn't.
The 29-year-old said he is aware of the stat.
"I know that and I told myself after the loss that I have to play better for my team to have a chance to win. It's pressure but it's good pressure."
Ibaka averaged 15 points per game on 52.9 per cent shooting in 74 games during the regular season.
Toronto went on to lose Game 1 108-100 behind 29 points from Brook Lopez and 24 from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Game 2 will go Friday night from the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee before shifting back to Toronto for Game 3 on Sunday.