The injuries continue to mount for the Oklahoma City Thunder. This time it’s Serge Ibaka going down. Via ESPN.com:
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will miss an estimated four to six weeks after having an arthroscopic knee procedure to address swelling and soreness in New York on Tuesday.
“Serge is a guy that always wants to be out on the floor, rarely misses time,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said, “but we felt like with where the symptoms were, we didn’t think it was going to be improving, and because of that, this was the necessary step.”
At the moment, the Thunder possess a half-game lead on the Pelicans for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The absence of Ibaka is huge given that he holds down the fort for them on defense in the paint. The only thing that can comfort Thunder fans is that Kevin Durant should be back relatively soon and they do have Enes Kanter, who will be able to produce for them offensively in the paint.
All the same, one can’t help but wonder how the Thunder will continue to stay alive amidst all these injuries. Russell Westbrook will have to play like a superhero, something that he is getting very much accustomed to doing.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord