Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said Friday that Ibaka's injured left calf is showing "a level of movement and stability not thought possible."
As a result, Ibaka is now considered day to day for the Thunder, which has missed him badly as San Antonio has raced to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Game 3 is Sunday in Oklahoma City.
"I don't think any of us thought we'd be standing here talking about this," Presti said.
Well, maybe no one with the Thunder expected it. The
"We knew he would be back, and that's good," Spurs Coach
Ibaka, injured in the series-clinching Game 6 win against the
Presti did not say if Ibaka would be available for Game 3, just that he could not be ruled out. Presti said he felt it best to be forthcoming about the change in the situation.
"It would be convenient to not provide the information, and if he were ever healthy enough to play in a game, to release that an hour before the game," he said. "But in this case, we don't think that was the way to handle it, because previously we had deemed him out. And we can't deem him out."
George cleared to play
"Why wouldn't he?" Heat star
So that settled one lineup issue for the series, which is tied, 1-1. The Heat now has a lineup decision to make.
Greg Oden — whose last postseason appearance was April 30, 2009 — may be inserted into the Heat rotation after showing Miami's coaches in recent days that back issues that slowed him down for weeks may finally be a thing of the past. Heat Coach
"If coach needs me, I'm ready to play," Oden said. "I'm definitely ready whenever he needs me."
Henderson has surgery
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