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Spurs don’t believe Serge Ibaka will miss rest of playoffs


When announcing Serge Ibaka would miss the rest of the playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder said:

Ibaka is expected to miss the remainder of the 2014 postseason.

Expected by whom?

Not the Spurs.

Via Dan McCarney of Spurs Nation:

“I don’t really believe it,” said point guard Tony Parker, who has been cleared to play in the opener after straining his left hamstring in the second round. “I’ll believe when I see tomorrow he is not on the court. It’s hard to believe. We’ll see tomorrow.”

Said Kawhi Leonard, “We’re still not sure if he’s going to play or not, but it doesn’t matter. The Thunder are still a very good team.”

I suppose this probably just a healthy amount of skepticism from a team looking to stay sharp.

Or the Spurs sit among the segment of fans who believe everything is a conspiracy. The refs are out to get San Antonio, too.

Ibaka returning wouldn’t be unprecedented. David Lee was supposed to miss all of last year’s playoffs before he returned for some inspirational minutes.

But count me among the believers. Ibaka is out, and the series will be different for it. The Spurs probably have the edge now – even if they’re trying to avoid thinking that way.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.