Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 4 months ago

Ibaka was sidelined for the Thunder's last 18 games after undergoing surgery on his right knee in mid-March, finishing the 2014-15 NBA season with averages of 14.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and a career-best 1.2 three-pointers in 33 minutes per game across 64 appearances.

Ibaka really extended his shooting range this season, a welcomed development that advanced his fantasy stock among big men. To that point, Ibaka had attempted just 123 three-pointers through his first five seasons, but fired 205 shots from deep this season alone. Furthermore, Ibaka was accurate from distance, converting nearly 39 percent of his three-point attempts on the campaign. In doing so, Ibaka became a more dynamic offensive player and still finished second league-wide with 2.4 blocks per game. The vastly skilled Congolese-Spanish international also led the Thunder in total rebounds prior to having his season-ending surgery in March. That procedure initially came with the hope that Ibaka would eventually be ready to appear in the playoffs, but with Oklahoma City missing out on the postseason, Ibaka is now afforded a full offseason to gear up ahead of next season. At that time, Ibaka will have a new head coach with the Thunder, but he should still be selected within the first two rounds of most fantasy leagues, as his game continues to evolve at just 25 years old.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 5 months ago

Ibaka (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season by head coach Scott Brooks, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.

Ibaka will miss the Thunder's final three games, with the hope that he will have a chance to return sometime in the playoffs. Without Ibaka and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant, it will be hard for the Thunder to make the playoffs in the first place, and even if they do sneak in, Ibaka could still miss what would figure to be a short series against the Warriors.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 5 months ago

Ibaka (knee) is not close to returning, The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.

After his knee surgery in March, Ibaka expressed optimism that he'd return prior to the original 4-to-6 week timetable handed down by the team, but at this point he may not be ready before the end of the regular season. Of course, the "not close" designation makes it difficult to speculate, but with only four games remaining, the clock is ticking for Ibaka to return. Heading into Wednesday night, the Thunder trail the Pelicans, who face the Grizzlies on Wednesday, by 0.5 games for the final playoff spot in the West.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 5 months ago

Ibaka intends to return in 3-to-4 weeks from knee surgery rather than the 4-to-6 weeks that accompanies his recovery, The Oklahoman reports.

Ibaka's view is rather optimistic considering he underwent the procedure to alleviate soreness in his right knee only Tuesday. A better indicator will arrive upon his return to practice, but it's unclear at this time when that will occur. In the meantime, expect Steven Adams and Enes Kanter to hold down the starting frontcourt, with Mitch McGary and Nick Collison manning the reserves.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 5 months ago

Ibaka (knee) is undergoing surgery Tuesday and will likely miss "a few weeks,"ESPN's Chris Broussard reports.

Ibaka had been dealing with knee soreness, and the Thunder opted to send him to a specialist over the weekend, who determined that surgery is best option. It's only a minor procedure, but it sounds like Ibaka will miss a few weeks. At this point, it's unclear whether the issue could linger into the playoffs, should Oklahoma City qualify.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 6 months ago

Ibaka will undergo surgery on his knee to relieve some soreness, ESPN reports.

Ibaka's timetable remains unclear, and the Thunder haven't confirmed the news. However, the team sent him to visit a specialist Monday, and he's expected to undergo a cleanup procedure that could hold him out until the postseason. If that is indeed the case, the Thunder will likely turn to a combination of Mitch McGary, Steven Adams and Nick Collison to fill the void.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 6 months ago

Ibaka (knee) will be held out of Saturday's game against the Bulls, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.

After missing Saturday's practice due to knee soreness, Ibaka will be held out Sunday, and Steven Adams and Enes Kanter will comprise the Thunder's starting front line.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 6 months ago

Ibaka (knee) did not participate in Saturday's practice and should be considered day-to-day, The Oklahoman reports.

Ibaka is dealing with soreness in his right knee which caused him to also miss Friday's game against the Timberwolves. If he's unable to take the court against the Bulls on Sunday then Mitch McGary will likely make another fill-in start.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 6 months ago

Ibaka is dealing with right knee soreness and will not play in Friday's game.

This news comes out of nowhere for Ibaka's owners, so hopefully it was noticed in time to make a lineup change. Mitch McGary will get the start at the four, but he probably won't approach Ibaka's typical workload. Instead look for Nick Collison, Steven Adams and Enes Kanter to all share minutes in the frontcourt with Ibaka out. Consider Ibaka questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 6 months ago

Ibaka had 23 points (9-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes in the win over the Pacers on Tuesday.

Ibaka has scored at least 16 points in his last four games and has averaged 15.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks over that span. He has been able to produce numbers while Kevin Durant (foot) has been out.