Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka missed his second straight game last night as the Thunder won in Phoenix on a back-to-back.
Ibaka is diagnosed with a chest contusion which is basically like a sore bruise. He is now listed as day-to-day like just about all NBA injuries.
Ibaka said after the Portland game that he feels fine and is just sore. Scott Brooks probably just didn’t want to rush him back and felt the team would be fine without him, which it was.
It’s hard to imagine something like a chest contusion keeping Ibaka off the floor considering the kind of shape that he is in. That’s why Thunder fans should be very confident that he will return for the Thunder’s next game Wednesday night vs. the Denver Nuggets in Chesapeake Arena.
We probably won’t hear word on whether Ibaka will play in that game until a few hours before the game though.
Ibaka had played and started in every Thunder game since the Kendrick Perkins-Jeff Green trade before missing Sunday’s game at Portland.
Ibaka is fourth on the team averaging 14.3 points per game this season and is first on the team averaging 8.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. He is one of the leading candidates for Most Improved Player this season and even has an outside shot to make the All-Star game.
After the Thunder return home Wednesday night, they will be on the road for six straight games and will certainly need Ibaka for that tough stretch.