Scott Brooks just ruled Serge Ibaka out for the rest of the regular season games.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) April 12, 2015
Here's a helpful timeline of Serge's recent knee injury and subsequent recovery:
- March 13th: Serge Ibaka misses a home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with knee soreness. Brooks: "We're going to sit him out tonight and continue to monitor that."
- March 15th: Serge Ibaka misses the next game against the Bulls.
- March 16th: Serge Ibaka goes to New York to see a knee specialist. The expectation is for him to have a clean-out procedure in order to be ready for the post-season.
- March 17th: Serge Ibaka officially undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery, and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. (That would put his return around roughly April 14th-28th. The regular season ends on April 15th, playoffs start April 18th or 19th. Conference Semi-Finals begin May 4th or 5th.)
- March 21st: Serge Ibaka tells Matt Pinto that he hopes to be back from knee surgery in three to four weeks, not four to six weeks. (That would have him coming back before the playoffs, which according to this most recent report isn't happening.)
- April 8th: Serge Ibaka is not close to a return, per Scott Brooks.
- April 10th: Serge Ibaka works out and puts up shots prior to a home game against the Kings. Scott Brooks reiterates that Ibaka is not close to returning.
Serge Ibaka miraculously recovered from a calf injury during last year's playoffs in just a week or so, when he was expected to be out for at least four weeks. So, if anything, I'm re-assured that Serge Ibaka is one of the best possible injury battlers you could possibly have. Get well soon!