OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Forward Serge Ibaka is in the starting lineup for the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.
Thunder v Spurs Game 3 Live on TNT Overtime at 9 p.m. ET and TNT Network.
Ibaka was initially ruled out for the rest of the season because of a calf strain that he sustained during the last series win over the against Los Angeles Clipper.
He missed the first two games of the series in San Antonio.
However, after training with the team in the last few days, the shot-blocking forward will return to the starting lineup for the home game.
“I’m trying to put my mind ready and if I’m going to feel better later, I’m going to go,” said Ibaka, earlier.
“For now, we’re going to see if I feel better, because normally when you do this kind of workout, sometimes you can have pain later.
The Thunder trail San Antonio Spurs 2-0 in the series and must deliver a better performance to win Game 3 and cut the visitors’ advantage.