Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 4 Months

Serge Ibaka (calf) returned from a two-game absence on Sunday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and four blocks in OKC's Game 3 victory.

He went into the locker room late in the third quarter, but soon returned to keep warm on an exercise bike before playing in the fourth quarter. His defensive impact goes without saying, but his jump shooting ability is an under-rated aspect of OKC's offense which helped to keep the Spurs off balance as the Thunder found some traction in the series. Ibaka logged 30 minutes without any obvious discomfort, so he should be ready to go on Tuesday.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 4 Months

Serge Ibaka (calf) will start Game 3 for the Thunder after making it through pre-game warmups without any setbacks.

Ibaka isn't 100 percent healthy but his return is a major lift for the Thunder, whose defense has collapsed without him protecting the paint. Head coach Scott Brooks said that Ibaka will have no restrictions, so barring a setback he may approach the 34 minutes per game he's averaging in the postseason. Nick Collison, who had been filling in at PF, will return to a bench role.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 4 Months

Serge Ibaka (calf) went through shootaround on Sunday morning, but his status for Game 3 remains uncertain.

Ibaka was spotted going through a shootaround, and he reportedly did not have a limp. He's going to ice his calf and see how it feels later before making a decision. "If I feel better later, I'm going to go," said Ibaka. It's doubtful that Serge is anywhere close to 100 percent, but OKC is in desperation mode as they're currently sitting in a 0-2 hole, and a lot of that has to do with them being "Serge-less." With how the reports have been going, it seems likely that Ibaka will give it a go, but nothing is official just yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

Serge Ibaka PF/C OKC 4 Months

Serge Ibaka (calf) said if he plays on Sunday it will be painful.