Oklahoma City is headed for a war against the Spurs in the Western Conference finals. Unfortunately, the squad is going to have to fight without Serge Ibaka. He's out for the season with the calf injury he suffered in the third quarter of the final game against the Clippers. Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti released the below statement:
We are obviously disappointed for Serge, as he is a tremendous competitor, and we know how badly he wants to be on the court with his teammates. At this point it is important that our team directs its concentration and energy towards preparation and execution for our upcoming series. As with all teams, our group has confronted different challenges. It is our collective experience that we will call on to ensure that we play to our capabilities.
So that's the second straight year the Thunder lost a key player in the postseason. Ibaka had his career high in points this season (15.1) and led the league in blocks (219) for the fourth consecutive year. Don't expect any mercy from the Spurs though; they're probably hungry to send the Thunder packing after losing to them in 2012's Western Conference Finals.