Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to address soreness in his right knee.
Over 64 games this season, Ibaka has averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. He is considered one of the top defensive frontcourt players in the NBA and has been named to three consecutive All-Defensive teams.
The Thunder have dealt with injuries to multiple other key players this season, including star forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook. Durant has not played since Feb. 19 as he continues to deal with a foot injury.
The announced timetable for Ibaka's recovery could force him to miss the remainder of the regular season. The playoffs begin on April 18.