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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.

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