Ibaka, who injured his calf in Game 6 of the conference semifinal series against the
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The Thunder will try to make up for Ibaka's loss with veteran 6-10 power forward
In a statement, Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti voiced optimism that the Thunder had the depth to handle the loss of Ibaka.
"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," Presti said in the statement. "At this point it is important that our team directs its concentration and energy toward 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."
Ibaka, a 24-year-old, fifth-year veteran from the Republic of Congo, averaged career highs of 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds, as well as 2.7 blocked shots, a game during the regular season. He was averaging 12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game this postseason.