Despite speculation that he may return at some point in the postseason, Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka confirmed via his blog on Wednesday that he will not play in the Western Conference finals.
The Thunder, currently down 1-0 to the San Antonio Spurs heading into Game 2 on Wednesday, had said that it is expected he will miss the remainder of the playoffs, so Ibaka's message on Wednesday is simply a confirmation straight from the source that he will in fact not play -- at least for the Western Conference finals.
An MRI taken last week confirmed that he suffered a left calf injury. He went down in the third quarter of Oklahoma City's Game 6 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in the semifinals and did not return.
On Wednesday during the team shootaround, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks also shut down any hope or speculation the big man would be back.
Via Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman:
Scott Brooks on Ibaka: "He's not coming back. Nothing has changed. And it's no reason to keep bringing this up. He's not coming back."The Thunder will look to bounce back in Game 2 on Wednesday after a 122-105 defeat in San Antonio in which the Spurs scored 66 points in the paint.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 21, 2014