Following the Oklahoma City Thunder’s second round series win over the Los Angeles Clippers, tough news broke regarding Serge Ibaka. Reports indicated that the power forward had suffered a calf injury and would be out for the remainder of the postseason.
A few days ago, however, reports started circulating that Ibaka was planning a comeback. Then came reports that those hopes were too ambitious and there was no way Ibaka could return. But reports again shifted course, saying that Ibaka’s return could come as early as this series against the Spurs.
Today, the Thunder are getting more good news on that front, as Royce Young is reporting that Ibaka is going through a shooting workout, and is not suffering from any limp.
Serge Ibaka is on the floor going through a shooting workout. No limp.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 25, 2014
This would be a remarkable turnaround if Ibaka is able to play in this series, and one the Thunder need desperately.
It was a brutal blow to a Thunder team that were eliminated early in the playoffs last year due to a Russell Westbrook knee injury. And through the first two games of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, it seems the Thunder are once again on their way out of the playoffs because of an injury, unless Ibaka can bounce back in Game 3 and prove his injury was overblown.