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Spurs don’t believe Serge Ibaka will miss rest of playoffs

May 19, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

DeJuan Blair, Serge Ibaka DeJuan Blair, Serge Ibaka

When announcing Serge Ibaka would miss the rest of the playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder said:

Ibaka is expected to miss the remainder of the 2014 postseason.

Expected by whom?

Not the Spurs.

Via Dan McCarney of Spurs Nation:

“I don’t really believe it,” said point guard Tony Parker, who has been cleared to play in the opener after straining his left hamstring in the second round. “I’ll believe when I see tomorrow he is not on the court. It’s hard to believe. We’ll see tomorrow.”

Said Kawhi Leonard, “We’re still not sure if he’s going to play or not, but it doesn’t matter. The Thunder are still a very good team.”

I suppose this probably just a healthy amount of skepticism from a team looking to stay sharp.

Or the Spurs sit among the segment of fans who believe everything is a conspiracy. The refs are out to get San Antonio, too.

Ibaka returning wouldn’t be unprecedented. David Lee was supposed to miss all of last year’s playoffs before he returned for some inspirational minutes.

But count me among the believers. Ibaka is out, and the series will be different for it. The Spurs probably have the edge now – even if they’re trying to avoid thinking that way.

  1. spursareold - May 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    I think that unless the Thunder are lying about what the injury actually IS, he’s out. You can’t play on what they say he has injured. It’s probably good for them to have a healthy dose of skepticism, though, and not let their guard down.

  2. yesser12 - May 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    It is possible but then OKC is often careful about injuries. Thabo and Perk missed a long time for what seemed like minor injuries. I would like to see Ibaka back he is a great player and adds so much to the team.

  3. obmig - May 19, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    All these injuries need is time and mainly blood flow to heal. They can do a lot of things to get the blood flowing down there now. He might feel vastly better in a week or so, but he would have a high risk of re- injury.

  4. chunkala - May 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    He’s in. League dying for Pacers-Thunder matchup for some reason.

    • casualcommenter - May 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      So in addition to rigging games, the NBA can rig injuries to heal faster in your mind?

      • dablakdrphil - May 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        From a fan perspective I would rather see OKC/Heat in the Finals, not Spurs/Pacers…ratings would drop in the Finals if those two teams played like when it was Spurs/Detroit in 2005. NBA would rather have a superstar like KD or LBJ in the Finals for ratings purposes

      • jimeejohnson - May 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Be careful. You might explode a pea brain hater’s pea brain.

  5. lenbias34pt - May 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Wow, you dont’ expect so little out of the Spurs.

  6. imakcds - May 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    S Adams impressed with his contributions in the Clipper series, and I’m hoping he can build on that and move forward.
    He has to.

  7. jolink653 - May 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    He’s out for the playoffs; OKC won’t risk a more serious injury. Hopefully Adams can step up and give them more solid play just like he did against the Clippers. I actually thought the combination of Adams and Collison played really well against Griffin and Jordan. Hopefully they can do the same against the Spurs

  8. sportsfan18 - May 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Cuban is physically close enough to San Antonio for his ways to rub off on the Spurs is all…

    Cubes is telling Holt to hire an ex FBI agent to look into Serge’s leg…

    • apmn - May 20, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      OKC is closer to Dallas than San Antonio is.

  9. jimeejohnson - May 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Spurs are paranoid. He can’t come back from this type of injury that quickly. He’s no Willis Reed!

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