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Serge Ibaka | Center/Forward

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: Republic of Congo
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Serge Ibaka only managed two points on 1-of-7 shooting against France on Wednesday.
He and Marc Gasol both struggled in the front court, leading to Spain only scoring 52 total points. Ibaka struggled with his lingering calf and hamstring injury in the tournament and unfortunately was unable to help Spain hold off a surging France team. He is still a fantasy hoops stud heading into next season. Sep 10 - 6:36 PM

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Serge Ibaka missed Saturday's FIBA game for Spain due to a sore hamstring.

This is actually good news, as last we heard he was still not 100 percent recovered from a ruptured left calf. Keep in mind it's still August, and Ibaka has plenty of time to get himself fully healthy before the season kicks off around Halloween. Ibaka should be one of the first power forwards taken in fantasy drafts this year.
Aug 30 - 4:17 PM

Serge Ibaka (calf) is still not 100 percent after rupturing his left calf during the 2013-14 NBA playoffs.

While Ibaka is planning on playing for Spain in September's World Cup of Basketball, he disclosed that his ruptured calf isn't fully healed. "I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better," Ibaka said. "I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time." The Thunder would likely prohibit Ibaka from playing in the World Cup if he isn't fully healed by September, which could serve as good news for fantasy owners who want the big man healthy for the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 11:18 AM

Serge Ibaka (calf) will play for Spain in the FIBA World Cup, according to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

The event begins in late August, giving Ibaka another month to fully recover from the calf strain which nearly ended his postseason on May 16. He's slated to join Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol in a dominant Spanish frontcourt, with an equally impressive backcourt led by Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, Sergio Rodriguez and Victor Claver.
Source: El Mundo
Jun 24 - 4:58 PM

Serge Ibaka made the 2013-14 All Defensive First Team.

Serge lead the league in total blocks with 219, and it was easy to see in the playoffs just how crucial his defensive presence is to the Thunder's success. This was Ibaka's third consecutive year making the team.
Jun 2 - 2:47 PM

Serge Ibaka hopes to play for Spain in the FIBA World Cup this summer, depending upon the health of his strained left calf.

Ibaka's doctor initially thought that surgery would be required, but Ibaka was able to return for the final four games of the Western Conference. He averaged 11.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in those games, including a 49-minute exertion in Game 6, and he seems to be on the path to a full recovery without surgery.
Jun 1 - 7:54 PM

Serge Ibaka said his left calf felt the same after Game 5 as it did in the first two home games of the Western Conference Finals.

The Spurs changing their lineup paid off in a big way, at least on paper. They actually shot the ball better with Ibaka on the floor and had some of the best ball movement in any game of the playoffs, leading to Ibaka being late on weak-side help. "I did not do a good job protecting my teammates in the paint. I will be there for them," Ibaka said. It's back to the drawing board for OKC in Game 6 on Saturday.
May 30 - 9:01 AM

Serge Ibaka shot 3-of-10 from the field for six points with two boards, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes during Thursday's blowout loss to the Spurs.

Russell Westbrook got on his case a bit in the third quarter, which is really nothing new for the boisterous point guard. Ibaka wasn't overly involved in the offense and not having a post game helped the Spurs matchup on defense. The Thunder may go with a smaller lineup more often in Game 6, using Ibaka at the center spot.
May 29 - 11:25 PM

Serge Ibaka (calf) is even surprising himself with what he's been able to do over the Thunder's last two games.

After missing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, Ibaka has played a huge part in helping the Thunder even up the series at two apiece. His surprise return to the court has given the Thunder a boost in the paint and has helped put the pressure back on the Spurs as they prepare for Thursday's Game 5 in San Antonio. Ibaka added that even though he's still not fully healthy, it's more mental than physical at this point. He was seen with a wrap around his calf on Thursday afternoon, but is expected to be available for Game 5.
May 29 - 1:44 PM

Serge Ibaka played again through his calf injury and had nine points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Tuesday's 105-92 win over the Spurs.

Ibaka wasn't exactly a monster tonight, but he was highly effective. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant did most of the heavy lifting, combining for 71 points, but Ibaka is clearly somewhat healthy and should be good to go for the rest of this series. He played 35 minutes tonight, and should see at least 30 minutes in Thursday's game at San Antonio, when the winner will go up 3-2.
May 28 - 12:15 AM

Serge Ibaka said that his strained calf felt no worse after playing on Sunday, and he's on pace to start Tuesday's Game 4.

"It was kind of hard a little bit with my feet," Ibaka said about his return after missing two games. "I was using more my right foot than left foot." He received treatment and didn't practice on Monday, but barring any setbacks he should be ready to help OKC's bid to even the Western Conference finals at 2-2.
Source: AP
May 27 - 11:51 AM

Serge Ibaka (calf) did not practice on Monday and said he's in no worse pain than he was on Sunday.

He received ice and treatment, but is fully expected to play in Game 4 on Tuesday. Ibaka played 30 minutes in his return from a Grade 2 calf strain and was the main reason Tony Parker had one of his worst games in these playoffs. The big man may be able to match his 34 minutes-per-game average in the postseason the rest of the way.
May 26 - 2:00 PM

Serge Ibaka said on Sunday that he was focusing on playing in Game 7 and called his return a miracle.

"I believe in God, and I believe in miracles, and I believe that everything is possible," Ibaka said. "When I did the MRI [on the calf], and the MRI showed us that I was really bleeding a lot, but I said, 'I just want to keep believing, man.'" He completely changed this series. After the Spurs shot a ridiculous 78 percent inside of five feet in the first two games, those shots dropped to 50 percent in Game 3. The Thunder were left for dead, but now they're back in this series and can tie it up on Tuesday.
Source: USA Today
May 26 - 9:41 AM

Serge Ibaka (calf) returned from a two-game absence on Sunday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and four blocks in OKC's Game 3 victory.

He went into the locker room late in the third quarter, but soon returned to keep warm on an exercise bike before playing in the fourth quarter. His defensive impact goes without saying, but his jump shooting ability is an under-rated aspect of OKC's offense which helped to keep the Spurs off balance as the Thunder found some traction in the series. Ibaka logged 30 minutes without any obvious discomfort, so he should be ready to go on Tuesday.
May 25 - 11:10 PM

Serge Ibaka (calf) will start Game 3 for the Thunder after making it through pre-game warmups without any setbacks.

Ibaka isn't 100 percent healthy but his return is a major lift for the Thunder, whose defense has collapsed without him protecting the paint. Head coach Scott Brooks said that Ibaka will have no restrictions, so barring a setback he may approach the 34 minutes per game he's averaging in the postseason. Nick Collison, who had been filling in at PF, will return to a bench role.
May 25 - 6:53 PM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2Reggie Jackson
3Sebastian Telfair
4Semaj Christon
SG1Anthony Morrow
2Jeremy Lamb
SF1Kevin Durant
2Perry Jones
3Josh Huestis
4Andre Roberson
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Nick Collison
3Grant Jerrett
C1Kendrick Perkins
2Steven Adams
3Mitch McGary