Nevada News Reporter

Thunder PF Serge Ibaka out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

Thunder PF Serge Ibaka out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka could miss the rest of the season after having an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee Tuesday. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Ibaka will be out four to six weeks. The playoffs begin April 18.635622085757737646-USATSI-8387347

Presti said the procedure shaved off damaged cartilage from under Ibaka’s kneecap that had caused discomfort and swelling. Ibaka started having issues in late February, but he played until missing the past three games. He had averaged 17.1 points and 9.4 rebounds since the All-Star break and was shooting 55 percent.

The news comes while reigning MVP Kevin Durant remains out with pain in his right foot. The Thunder were a half-game ahead of New Orleans for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings entering Tuesday’s games.