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Serge Ibaka returns to practice, will be a go Saturday

May 6, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

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Not that you expected Serge Ibaka to sit out — the league gave him and the Thunder a long break between games — but we thought we’d make it official.

Ibaka participated with the Thunder on Thursday and is a go for Game 3 against Memphis on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Ibaka tweaked his knee and ankle in Game 2 Saturday and he skipped practice on Thursday to recover.

The Thunder need Ibaka in this series to match up with the dangerous front line of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol for the Grizzlies. Ibaka did a much better job on Randolph in Game 2, taking away his space, and that was key to a Thunder win. The series stands tied 1-1.

  1. jjared1101 - May 6, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    the league gave him and the Thunder a long break between games —

    ————————

    I’ve had a hard time finding this out, so if anyones knows, i’d appreciate it.

    Why has there been such a long layoff for the Heat/Celts and Thunder/Griz ? You got a game in LA on Wednesday night, and then a game in Dal on Friday night when those other teams haven’t played since Saturday? Just seems a little odd.

    • jjared1101 - May 6, 2011 at 4:58 PM

      *since Tuesday*

      I’m confusing myself.

    • denverhoopdreams - May 7, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      They’ve never made sense. It’s just like everything else works, they do what they do and you deal with it. :/

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