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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, center, drives to the basket as he is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka, left, of Congo, and Steven Adams during the first half in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A day after the Thunder found out they would likely be without forward Serge Ibaka for the rest of the playoffs, they began practicing for their Western Conference finals series against the San Antonio Spurs.
Ibaka, one of the NBA's top shot blockers, hurt his left calf in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal against the Los Angeles Clippers. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Saturday the team remains confident it can advance to the NBA Finals. The players felt badly for their teammate but said they must move on.
Brooks wouldn't say who would start in Ibaka's place in Game 1 on Monday night in San Antonio. Based on past patterns, rookie center Steven Adams and veteran forward Nick Collison would likely pick up most of the minutes.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, left, of New Zealand, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, defends in the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Mark J. Terrill/AP)