Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has been fairly quiet since he suffered a calf injury in OKC's series-clinching win over the Clippers.
But Ibaka broke that silence by issuing a statement on his website, explaining his injury and thanking Thunder fans for their generous support.
Ibaka's statement in full is below:
As you all know, I suffered an injury in the sixth game of the Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers. This means I am not able to play in the Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. It's a difficult moment because this is the most important time of the year. All the work done during the summer and preparation during the season is focused on being ready and at your best when the Playoffs arrive, so it's obviously disappointing not to be able to help my team on the court. But injuries are part of the game and the only way to go through this is to stay positive and try to be healthy as soon as possible.
All players and coaching staff feel the Thunder is a family, and I have no doubt my ‘family member' will put in a great effort in this difficult series. We are all the Thunder and we take pride in staying together against adversity. I will watch and cheer for them as their brother and their fan. Also, a lot of people have shown me support the last few days and I feel very fortunate to have such amazing fans. Thank you!
Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals is Wednesday night in San Antonio. Stick with news9.com/sports for full postgame coverage.