May 26, 2014 at 1.30am UK at ​Chesapeake Energy Arena
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Serge Ibaka could return for Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka could return from a calf strain in the Western Conference finals this weekend.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced that Serge Ibaka could be ready to return to action in the third game of the Western Conference finals tomorrow evening.

The power forward had been expected to miss the remainder of the playoffs after picking up a calf strain against the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this month.

However, Thunder general manager Sam Presti told reporters: "We're surprised that we're here, although grateful that he's made enough progress to say he's not ruled out.

"I think it's important, when you look at this, to recognise that we're not saying that he's playing, but what we're really trying to indicate is that the information is telling us that we can't rule him out.

"A big part of this is the swelling in his calf has reduced incredibly rapidly, more so than any of us could've expected or our medical staff could've projected. And as a result of that he's demonstrating a function level and a stability level that's better than where we thought we would be."

The Thunder currently trail the series against the San Antonio Spurs 2-0.

Kevin Durant #35 hugs Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after the game against the Phoenix Suns November 3, 2013
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