• Thunder lose Ibaka for season with calf injury

    Summary of 29 articles · Updated May 23, 2014
    Can the Thunder still win without Ibaka? But that was just the start of missing Ibaka for the Thunder in Game 1. If the Thunder does make the NBA Finals, should Ibaka try to give it a go? Oklahoma City first has to get through San Antonio to even have a shot at getting Ibaka back. The San Antonio Spurs never believed Serge Ibaka was out for the Western Conference finals, even after the Thunder said they expected him to miss the rest of the playoffs with a calf injury. A few quick thoughts on the Western Conference finals in light of Serge Ibaka’s season-ending calf injury: How does Oklahoma City replace Ibaka, who logged more minutes than any other Thunder player except MVP Kevin Durant this season? Will coach Scott Brooks elect to use a traditional frontline with two big men and Durant, or will he go smaller by shifting Durant into the power forward role, or will he mix and match both approaches? How deeply will Ibaka's absence impact the order and rhythm of Oklahoma City's rotation, and will the Thunder's reshaped reserve corps be able to keep up with the Spurs' exceptional bench? Ibaka is averaging 12.2 points on 69-of-112 shooting from the field, 7.3 rebounds and 2.23 blocks in 13 postseason games.
    • Thunder say Ibaka (calf) day-to-day for rest of West finals

      The following statement was issued today by Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti regarding the status of Serge Ibaka's left calf injury:
      Source: nba.com
    • Thunder forward Serge Ibaka with a message for his fans

      Serge Ibaka posted a message on his blog today discussing his injury status and thanking his fans. Ibaka doesn't go into whether or not he'll be available at any point during the postseason, only saying that his calf injury means he's not able to play i…
      Source: newsok.com
    • Spurs exploit Serge Ibaka's absence in Game 1 rout of Thunder

      The Spurs exploited Serge Ibaka's absence in a 122-105 win to open the Western Conference finals.
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • Young: Ibaka's absence shows in rout

      Serge Ibaka's mere absence from the paint changed OKC's defensive performance for the worse, Royce Young writes.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Duncan helps Spurs rout Thunder in series opener

      Tim Duncan scored 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs took advantage of Serge Ibaka's absence to dominate the paint, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 on Monday night in the opener of the Western Conference finals.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Thunder vs. Spurs Game 1 pregame primer

      Prior to Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs, Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced that Nick Collison would start in Serge Ibaka's place at power forward. Scott Brooks discussing his decision to start Nick Collison in place of Serge Ibaka - pic.twitter…
      Source: newsok.com
    • Serge Ibaka says he's ready to watch, not play

      [View the story "Serge Ibaka says he's ready to watch, not play" on Storify] Read more on NewsOK.com
      Source: newsok.com
    • The Spurs aren't totally buying that Serge Ibaka won't come back to the Thunder soon

      When the Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday that Serge Ibaka was expected to miss the rest of the postseason with a Grade 1 strain of his left calf, many of us instantly began focusing on what Thunder head coach Scott Brooks might do to make up for …
      Source: yahoo.com
    • Spurs skeptical of Ibaka's absence for OKC

      Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka is expected to miss the rest of the postseason, but the San Antonio Spurs are suspending belief heading into Game 1 of their Western Conference finals showdown on Monday.
    • 2014 NBA playoffs -- Oklahoma City Thunder plan approach sans Serge Ibaka

      If the Thunder are going to beat the Spurs, they can't let inefficient offense turn into insufficient defense, J.A. Adande writes.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • NBA playoffs preview: Spurs vs. Thunder in West finals

      The West's best have made it to the conference finals again. What should you expect in OKC-Spurs II?
      Source: CNNSI.com
  • Thunder-Spurs: First-half observations from Game 1

    staff reports"Big, small, we're not guarding anyone." - Thunder coach Scott Brooks in Game 1 first half. It was another slow start for the Thunder in Game 1. Read more on NewsOK.com
    Source: newsok.com

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