In their exit interviews on Sunday, Thunder players were open and candid about the season and their expectations going into next season. You can read most of their thoughts in Darnell Mayberry's notebook nuggets.
But one such revelation from the exit interviews was understated: Serge Ibaka was very close to getting surgery on his calf.
“Like I always say, it’s a miracle," Ibaka said Sunday. "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.
"Doctor I talked to him today, he don’t know. He was thinking I was about to get surgery. If he don’t know, I don’t know."
Ibaka also opened up about the amount of pain he was in when he returned to the court in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Ibaka missed the first two games of the series and was thought to be a scratch for the playoffs.
“The first game when I get back, I was very hurt,” he said. “I was playing with pain. If you saw, because I saw the video, I was saw myself, it was not really me. I was dragging playing defense, almost using one leg. All the time, using my right leg. But I felt, being on the court, my presence was going to help my teammates. So I wanted to just do whatever it takes to give my teammates confidence.”
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