Following the Thunder's practice on Saturday afternoon -- in which Serge Ibaka didn't participate -- the injured Thunder forward spoke to the media for the first time since going down with a strained calf.
Ibaka hasn't started running or jumping, but has done some light court work and remains hopeful that he'll be healthy enough to give it a go on Sunday night. Here's everything Ibaka had to say:
Q. I think everybody wants to know how the calf is feeling.
Ibaka: Well, day‑to‑day, feeling better every day. Kind of surprised, but I just thank God everything is going differently the way the doctor told me last time. I'm just happy right now.
Q. What did you do while the team was gone and what have you done the last couple of days to try to get game ready?
Ibaka: Just icing, icing, do treatment, do my lift in the gym, just put my mind ready. You never know. I am the kind of guy who I believe in (inaudible) because I believe in God, and when the gym doctor told me I'm going to be out for the rest of the Playoffs, I wasn't believing it because I believe in God. I know I'm here for a reason, and so I want to just keep pushing, keep putting ice, do what I can do, what I can control.
Q. Do you expect to play tomorrow?
Ibaka: Well, right now I'm waiting for the team doctor to confirm, and also it's depending on whether I will go tomorrow, day by day, and see.
Q. In your heart do you feel like you're going to play?
Ibaka: I just told you it's day by day. I cannot say how I feel. I'm waiting what the doctor going to tell me and how my body going to feel. So day by day, let's see how I'm going to wake up tomorrow.
Q. What percentage do you think you would be out there on the floor?
Ibaka: Man, whatever it takes. Whatever it takes. Whatever it takes, my teammate needs for me and somebody to let me go, whatever it takes, I will be there for my teammates.
Q. Is this a matter of dealing with pain or do you have to worry about dealing with additional injury?
Ibaka: I'm going to say pain. Pain. The most important is pain.
Q. So it's going to hurt when you play; it will be painful while you're out there?
Ibaka: Yes, it's 100 percent going to hurt. For sure if the doctor gives me the okay and I feel better tomorrow, I will be 100 percent with the pain for sure, but like I said, I'm going to do whatever it takes to help my team.
Q. Are you concerned about injuring it even more than it already is injured if you do play?