The Norman Transcript


May 25, 2014

Ibaka willing to play through pain, but status still uncertain

Thunder still looking for key to stopping Spurs

NORMAN — Serge Ibaka walked with a limp toward the large group of media waiting to hear from him Saturday. It was the first time the Oklahoma City forward had spoken publicly since he strained his calf May 15.

There were many questions that had to be answered about how Ibaka’s injury was healing and the process that led him to be listed as day-to-day. Yet, when his time was up, listeners were still no closer to finding out if he would be playing in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals tonight against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

“Right now I’m waiting for the team doctor to confirm, and also it’s depending on whether I will go (today), day by day, and see,” Ibaka said. “I cannot say how I feel. I’m waiting on what the doctor’s going to tell me and how my body’s going to feel. So, day by day, let’s see how I’m going to wake up (today).”

Due to NBA rules that state an injured player has to speak to the media within two weeks of being injured, he was scheduled to meet with the media regardless. So Saturday’s press conference was not the clue amateur sleuths are using to determine his availability for the game.

But Ibaka let it be known he wants to play, despite the pain he will be in.

“It’s 100 percent going to hurt,” Ibaka said. “For sure if the doctor gives me the OK and I feel better (today), I will be 100 percent with the pain, for sure. But like I said, I’m going to do whatever it takes to help my team.”

If the Thunder know if Ibaka will play, officials and players aren’t saying. That includes league MVP Kevin Durant.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Cardinals Red Sox Trade Cardinals land Lackey, shore up rotation

    BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday’s deadline....

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joe Castiglione lends hardwood expertise to new football playoff committee

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione serves on the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee and will be the committee chair for the 2015-16 season....

    August 1, 2014

  • Norman football a hotbed for quarterbacks

    While Norman High searches for a new quarterback to take the reins, Norman North is entering the preseason with one of the most talented quarterbacks in the state in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar....

    August 1, 2014

  • Tiger in the hunt after day one at Bridgestone

    AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys....

    August 1, 2014

  • Coaches rank Sooners No. 3

    The preseason USA Today coaches’ poll was released on Thursday. Oklahoma came in at No. 3....

    August 1, 2014

  • Defensive indefernce in Big-D as injury suffles front seven

    OXNARD, Calif. — Rookie pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence’s broken foot didn’t send the Dallas Cowboys scrambling because they’re already in rebuilding mode with their defensive line....

    August 1, 2014

  • Rams’ go with youth in secondary

    ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams secondary doesn’t have veteran leaders, high-dollar talent or big names. Those handling spots on the last line of defense are confident they won’t be a liability....

    August 1, 2014

  • Tigers go all in on Price

    DETROIT — When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder. The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday....

    August 1, 2014

  • Oakland lands Lester, Gomes in exchange for Cespedes

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline....

    August 1, 2014

  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014