The Oklahoma City Thunder can’t catch a break. Both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have missed significant time this season, and now Serge Ibaka will miss time because he needs a procedure done on his sore knee, according to Royce Young of ESPN.com.
Ibaka missed the last two games with knee soreness, and he’s going to see a specialist for further evaluation. The hope is that any procedure done will allow him to return in time for the postseason.
Of course, the Thunder have to make the postseason first, and there’s no guarantee that happens. Durant still hasn’t returned from a second procedure on his foot, and Oklahoma City is just a game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Durant is expected to return in the next week or so, though.
The Thunder have some solid options in the frontcourt with Ibaka out. Enes Kanter has played well since being acquired at the trade deadline, and Steven Adams is back after an injury of his own. Mitch McGary has also shown flashes of being a solid player.
But none of those guys can replicate everything that Ibaka brings to the table, so this is certainly another tough blow for Oklahoma City. The 25-year-old is averaging 14.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.42 blocks on the year.
News: Serge Ibaka had successful arthroscopic surgery today to address right knee soreness. Out approx 4-6 weeks. pic.twitter.com/HLUFNhITnY
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 17, 2015