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Q&A: Serge Ibaka talks about his calf injury, his hope to return for Game 3

by Anthony Slater Modified: May 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014
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Ibaka: You know, I'm a tough guy, I've been through a lot when I was young. Since I've come here, nothing is for me, so I know it's going to be tough. I understand it's going to be tough, but I will get my mind ready, whatever, like I said, the doctor give me the okay, I'll be ready to go.

Q.  Have you tried to jog, run, jump or anything like that to test it?

Ibaka: Well, for now I've just been doing some spot shot because I've got a bruise in my calf right now, so I been doing some spot shot and trying to see, like I said, day by day.  Tomorrow morning I'm going to try to do a little extra to see what is going on.

Q.  Have you practiced with the team at all?

Ibaka: No, not yet.

Q.  How hard has it been to watch, especially the way the first two games went?

Ibaka: It was tough, man.  It was tough. One thing I'm going to say, everybody ‑‑ I've been hearing a lot of people saying my team lost two games because I was out.  It's not true. It's not true. I believe in my guys. I believe in my teammates, that they can do better, with me or without me. It's not an excuse because Serge Ibaka was not there.  It's just that San Antonio the first two games, they played better basketball. We need to give them a lot of credit. Right now our focus, my teammates and I, is about tomorrow's game, and I'm sure with me or without me they're going to do a better job.

Q.  When they came back, were you able to give them any advice or just tips on some of the things you saw in the game?

Ibaka: Yes. Yeah, of course. I talked with my teammates and the coaches what I was thinking watching the game at my house. It was a bit tough, but like I say, sometimes you learn when you're off, so I really learned a lot the last game, and I'm ready to see my teammates tomorrow do a better job. I'm sure they're going to do it.

Q.  Have you done any running yet?

Ibaka: Not yet. Not yet. Not really. Like I said, spot shot, a little moving to get the feel up because right now I've got a bruise in my calf. Tomorrow I'm going to try to move a little bit more.

Q.  You had to see some plays in games where you're like, oh, I'm blocking that.  That's not happening.

Ibaka: It was tough. It was tough. Some plays, like you said, exactly, I was spinning or I fall on my TV.  But that's happened. It's the past. All my teammates can do is try to learn from the past and try to get better tomorrow.

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Here's a Vine of Ibaka walking away from the media scrum, with a sleeve on his injured calf:


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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