ESPN is reporting that after fully participating in shootaround this morning, Serge Ibaka is likely to play tonight when the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the San Antonio Spurs in an all-important Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

The Thunder desperately need Ibaka, who was thought to be out for the rest of the playoffs due to a calf strain. His quick return, even at less than 100 percent, immediately gives his a team a lift on both ends of the floor.

With OKC already facing a 2-0 series deficit, they can ill-afford any further slipups. Having their starting power forward and most important defensive player back in the lineup will go a long way towards helping them recover from this early hole.

[via ESPN]