Oklahoma City, OK, United States (4E Sports) – The Oklahoma City Thunder will miss its third best player Serge Ibaka for the rest of the playoffs due to a grade 2 strain in his left calf.
The big man suffered the injury in Game 6 of their second-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
His teammates will sorely miss his services when they face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, having done a splended job against Tim Duncan.
He uses his length and strength effectively in the post and is explosive as a help defender, allowing the Thunder to pursue opponents to the three-point line without hesitation.
Ibaka averaged 15.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks during the regular season.
Reserve big men Nick Collison, Steven Adams and Kendrick Perkins will have to shoulder a bigger load in his absence.
“At this point it is important that our team directs its concentration and energy towards preparation and execution for our upcoming series,” said general manager Sam Presti. “It is our collective experience that we will call on to ensure that we play to our capabilities.”