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Serge Ibaka (calf) will play for Spain in the FIBA World Cup, according to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

The event begins in late August, giving Ibaka another month to fully recover from the calf strain which nearly ended his postseason on May 16. He's slated to join Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol in a dominant Spanish frontcourt, with an equally impressive backcourt led by Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, Sergio Rodriguez and Victor Claver.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 2 Months

Serge Ibaka made the 2013-14 All Defensive First Team.

Serge lead the league in total blocks with 219, and it was easy to see in the playoffs just how crucial his defensive presence is to the Thunder's success. This was Ibaka's third consecutive year making the team.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 2 Months

Serge Ibaka hopes to play for Spain in the FIBA World Cup this summer, depending upon the health of his strained left calf.

Ibaka's doctor initially thought that surgery would be required, but Ibaka was able to return for the final four games of the Western Conference. He averaged 11.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in those games, including a 49-minute exertion in Game 6, and he seems to be on the path to a full recovery without surgery.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 2 Months

Serge Ibaka said his left calf felt the same after Game 5 as it did in the first two home games of the Western Conference Finals.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 2 Months

Serge Ibaka shot 3-of-10 from the field for six points with two boards, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes during Thursday's blowout loss to the Spurs.

Russell Westbrook got on his case a bit in the third quarter, which is really nothing new for the boisterous point guard. Ibaka wasn't overly involved in the offense and not having a post game helped the Spurs matchup on defense. The Thunder may go with a smaller lineup more often in Game 6, using Ibaka at the center spot.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 2 Months

Serge Ibaka (calf) is even surprising himself with what he's been able to do over the Thunder's last two games.

After missing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, Ibaka has played a huge part in helping the Thunder even up the series at two apiece. His surprise return to the court has given the Thunder a boost in the paint and has helped put the pressure back on the Spurs as they prepare for Thursday's Game 5 in San Antonio. Ibaka added that even though he's still not fully healthy, it's more mental than physical at this point. He was seen with a wrap around his calf on Thursday afternoon, but is expected to be available for Game 5.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 2 Months

Serge Ibaka played again through his calf injury and had nine points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Tuesday's 105-92 win over the Spurs.

Ibaka wasn't exactly a monster tonight, but he was highly effective. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant did most of the heavy lifting, combining for 71 points, but Ibaka is clearly somewhat healthy and should be good to go for the rest of this series. He played 35 minutes tonight, and should see at least 30 minutes in Thursday's game at San Antonio, when the winner will go up 3-2.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 2 Months

Serge Ibaka said that his strained calf felt no worse after playing on Sunday, and he's on pace to start Tuesday's Game 4.

"It was kind of hard a little bit with my feet," Ibaka said about his return after missing two games. "I was using more my right foot than left foot." He received treatment and didn't practice on Monday, but barring any setbacks he should be ready to help OKC's bid to even the Western Conference finals at 2-2.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 2 Months

Serge Ibaka (calf) did not practice on Monday and said he's in no worse pain than he was on Sunday.

He received ice and treatment, but is fully expected to play in Game 4 on Tuesday. Ibaka played 30 minutes in his return from a Grade 2 calf strain and was the main reason Tony Parker had one of his worst games in these playoffs. The big man may be able to match his 34 minutes-per-game average in the postseason the rest of the way.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 2 Months

Serge Ibaka said on Sunday that he was focusing on playing in Game 7 and called his return a miracle.

"I believe in God, and I believe in miracles, and I believe that everything is possible," Ibaka said. "When I did the MRI [on the calf], and the MRI showed us that I was really bleeding a lot, but I said, 'I just want to keep believing, man.'" He completely changed this series. After the Spurs shot a ridiculous 78 percent inside of five feet in the first two games, those shots dropped to 50 percent in Game 3. The Thunder were left for dead, but now they're back in this series and can tie it up on Tuesday.