News: MRI confirms Serge Ibaka suffered left calf injury during last night's game. He is expected to miss remainder of the 2014 postseason.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) May 16, 2014
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday evening that forward Serge Ibaka will miss the remainder of the postseason with a left calf injury.
There are no specifics regarding the exact injury suffered and the severity of it other than that he will be out of action for the rest of the playoffs.
Sam Presti statement on Ibaka’s injury: pic.twitter.com/w7aTPJQGck
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) May 16, 2014
UPDATE 7:01pm ET:
Thunder GM Sam Presti has been talking to the media. Here’s a brief summation:
Thunder GM Sam Presti said Serge Ibaka has a Grade 2 right calf strain that has a lengthy recovery process due to possible re-injury.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 16, 2014
The news comes as a huge blow for the Thunder, who face the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan in the next round.
Ibaka had been a huge problem for the Spurs during regular season action and his injury will force either Durant to play stretch four or Nick Collison to be slotted into the starting lineup.
Ibaka’s injury makes this the second consecutive postseason in which Oklahoma City has lost a cornerstone player to a season-ending injury. Russell Westbrook suffered a severe knee injury in a clash with Houston’s Patrick Beverly in the first round last season.