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Serge Ibaka 'fully expects' to play in Game 4

twitter.com Published: May 26, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) defend during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) defend during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

After a series-saving performance in Game 3, Serge Ibaka should be right back in the starting lineup for the Thunder come Tuesday.

Ibaka didn't practice Monday, but received treatment from the Thunder staff and says he fully expects to play in Game 4 Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

Ibaka returned for Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs after missing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals with a calf injury. With Ibaka in the lineup, the Thunder's defense held the Spurs to their lowest scoring output of the three games and just 39.6 percent shooting.

Ibaka had 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 30 minutes Sunday night, but had to leave the court several times during Game 3 for treatment.

 


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