WESTBROOK PLANS TO REST
Because of Russell Westbrook’s incredible athletic gifts, which he put on full display during this postseason run, it’s easy to forget about the three knee surgeries he underwent in the past 13 months.
Of late, he’s looked as healthy as ever. But with Westbrook such an integral piece of this franchise’s future, and the long-term health of his right knee still a potential worry, this becomes an important offseason for the star point guard.
“Rest is good for me,” Westbrook said on Sunday. “Taking some rest could be great. I’m gonna sit down and relax and get my mind and body right for next year.”
IBAKA HOPES TO PLAY FOR SPANISH NATIONAL TEAM
When Serge Ibaka went down with a calf injury in the Clippers series, his main concern was somehow getting back at some point in the postseason.
But a lingering worry also sat in the back of his mind — the possibility that he’d have to miss the FIBA 2014 World Cup in Spain this August.
“My hope is to play with the Spanish National Team,” Ibaka said. “But let’s see how my leg is going to feel the next couple weeks.”
Ibaka said he’s still not sure how his calf, which was originally thought to be season-ending, healed so fast.
“Like I always say, it’s a miracle,” Ibaka said. “Today, I was talking with the team doctor, and he said I was almost about to get surgery. So I was close about to get surgery, but it did not happen.”
Kendrick Perkins on the San Antonio series: “The Spurs, they weren’t more athletic than us, they weren’t more talented than us, but they outsmarted us and they won the series off of that.”
Nick Collison on how going out this year felt worse than in the past: “This year feels different. This year’s a little harder. It felt like more of a gut punch last night, probably because of the way the game ended and we had a chance to go to a Game 7. The other years, we’ve been down 3-1. It’s been a little different.”