OKC Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka's status unknown after Game 6 injury

Thunder forward limped off in third quarter, did not return
by Anthony Slater Modified: May 16, 2014 at 12:51 am •  Published: May 15, 2014

Early in the third quarter on Thursday night, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka limped to the locker room with an unspecified calf injury.

He did not return. His future status is unknown.

RIVERS STANDS BEHIND COMMENTS

As expected, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 for his public criticism of officials after Game 5.

Rivers went on a postgame rant; he called the referee’s decision to give the ball to the Thunder with 11 seconds left after it appeared to go off of OKC “horrendous,” saying the Clippers “got robbed.”

“I didn’t care about the fine,” Rivers said. “It was deserved. One of the rare times you actually earn one...It needed to be said and it was the truth.”

Rivers said he got some local backing for the rant.

“Funniest thing about the fine is my assistant got two calls from employees downtown who wanted a payroll deduct of $100 each to help me pay for the fine,” Rivers said, “which we obviously denied.”

KD SITTING DOWN

In the hours after the Thunder propelled past the Clippers in a wild Game 5 finish, a photo emerged of Durant sitting on the other side of the court, looking the other way as Russell Westbrook shot the eventual game-winning free throws.

Two days later, Durant said that’s something he normally does because of superstition.

“I’ve been doing that all year, especially late in the games,” Durant said. “It’s not like I don’t trust my guys to make the free throws. I think I’m just bad luck. Every time I go to a Redskins game, we lose. Every time I watch a Texas game, we lose. Every time I watch something, it’s not going the way I want it to go. So I have to turn my head.”

In the aftermath, there has been a flood of photoshopped Internet memes, showing Durant in that seated position during different periods of history.

“Photoshop is definitely taking over,” Durant said. “But it is what it is, man. All I was concerned about was the free throws going in. I’m glad they did. You can do whatever you want after that.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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