Serge Ibaka out for Playoffs

Ibaka suffered a calf injury during the Thunder’s Game Six win over the Clippers on Thursday. He left the game in the second half and did not return. Obviously it turned out to be pretty serious.

“We are obviously disappointed for Serge, as he is a tremendous competitor, and we know how badly he wants to be on the court with his teammates,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti in a release. “At this point it is important that our team directs its concentration and energy towards preparation and execution for our upcoming series. As with all teams, our group has confronted different challenges. It is our collective experience that we will call on to ensure that we play to our capabilities.”

The Thunder, of course, had to overcome Russell Westbrook’s knee injury last year. It kept them from advancing to the Conference Finals last year. It will be a tougher task now to defeat the top-seeded Spurs without their third-best scorer.