As of just about two weeks ago, Serge Ibaka was cleared for physical contact in practice. As of just a few hours ago, Tyrone Lue Clippers reporter Mirjam Swanson in regards to Ibaka’s injury status. “Not sure how soon, I know he’s progressing really well… when they all say he’s ready to go, then he’ll be able to play”
Ibaka missed Monday’s game against the Blazers, but his return will be incredibly impactful for theLos Angeles Clippers. His original injury was in March of 2021 and was listed as a pinched back nerve at the time. Ibaka underwent back surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 10.
Ibaka had a great season for the Clippers in 2021, and will hopefully get the chance to replicate his effect on the team this season. Ibaka was a force on the glass for the Clippers all season long, averaging just shy of 7 rebounds a night. His offensive impact was substantial as well, putting up 11.1 points per game, making over half his shots. He also made one three-pointer per game, a high clip for most NBA centers.
However, Ibaka also made a name for himself, as per usual, on the defensive end. He blocked over a block a game on average and posted an impressive total of 1.3 win shares on defense.
However, Ibaka is not the only key member of the Clippers who is currently inured. 5x All-NBA Kawhi Leonard underwent surgery in July on his right ACL, and his presence is missed heavily on this team.
The Clippers’ next matchup is against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles on Wednesday night at 10:30 EST, 7:30 local time.