Clippers de Los Angeles
The LA Clippers announced on Friday that the tall 31-year-old recently had back surgery that will hold him for the remainder of the 2021 NBA playoffs, multiple sources have confirmed.
The Clippers say Serge Ibaka had back surgery ending the season yesterday.
– Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) June 11, 2021
Ibaka, who joined the Clippers via free agency in November 2020, has been plagued with a back injury throughout the season. The 12-season veteran missed 30 of the team’s last 32 games before returning for the playoffs.
After playing an 18:12 total in LA’s first two playoff games, Ibaka missed each of the team’s last seven playoff games, with his operation taking place the day the Clippers were in Utah for match 2 against Jazz.
Ibaka’s injury-ridden season saw him make an impact when he was on the ground, averaging 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in just over 23 minutes per game.
As ESPN’s Bobby Marks pointed out, Ibaka has a player option worth $ 9.7 million for the 2021-22 NBA season. The severity of his back problem could impact Ibaka’s decision to stay in Los Angeles for another year or test the free agent market, making it a pivotal moment for him and the Clippers franchise.
Facing a 2-0 hole for the second straight series, LA is back in action when it hosts Utah for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Stay with NBA.com for more injury updates regarding this series and more on Ibaka.
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