Returning Thunder? OKC's Ibaka recovering, could play against Spurs

The Oklahoma City Thunder have changed the status of forward Serge Ibaka from being out of the playoffs tobeing day-to-day.

Ibaka, the team's top rebounder and shot-blocker, was ruled out after suffering a left calf injury in the Western Conference semifinals. His absence has been disastrous in the Western Conference finals, as the San Antonio Spurs have rolled out to a 2-0 lead with consecutive home blowouts.

The abundance of blood and therefore swelling in Serge's calf has reduced substantially and unexpectedly, allowing a level of movement and stability not thought possible after the initial diagnosis, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a news release. Based on both imaging and physical exam, the considerable swelling in the calf indicated the likelihood of a certain degree of injury, and that established the original time frame for recovery.

At present, Serge has yet to complete a full basketball workout, but is walking and doing light basketball drills. With this new information, and in an effort to keep his status current, we are now listing him as day-to-day with the understanding that there is a possibility for him to play in this series.

Game 3 is Sunday (7:30 p.m. CT, TNT) at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.


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