Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka is expected to miss the rest of the postseason after suffering a left calf injury in Oklahoma City's series-clinching win Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, the team announced Friday.
We are obviously disappointed for Serge, as he is a tremendous competitor, and we know how badly he wants to be on the court with his teammates," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement released by the team. "At this point it is important that our team directs its concentration and energy towards preparation and execution for our upcoming series. As with all teams, our group has confronted different challenges. It is our collective experience that we will call on to ensure that we play to our capabilities."
Very tough break for the Thunder. The Spurs path to the Finals just got easier (and the Heat's shot at a 3-peat as well). Perk is going to have to play like a beast (No pun intended. Ok possibly slight intent) and Adams and Collison will have to step up their games. I've been impressed with Adams during thee playoffs. I had the Thunder actually beating the Spurs before I heard this news. Now I think the Spurs take the Western Conference. Of course they are also prone to injuries as well, which would alter the series again.
The Thunder were no match two years ago vs the Heat with Durant, Westbrook, Harden, and Ibaka, so it's hard to see them getting past the Heat without 50% of those guys. And yes I'm assuming the Heat beat the Pacers. Despite the presence of Derek Fisher on the Thunder, I was rooting for them to win it all this year, so this news sucks.
JR 5/16/2014 07:48:00 PM Tweet Edit