Ibaka return not unrealistic

Severity of injury and player's quick healing give reason for optimism to play

Updated: May 23, 2014, 6:35 PM ET
By Dr. Mark Adickes | ESPN Insider

Serge Ibaka AP Photo/Mark HumphreyWill Serge Ibaka return to the Thunder during the playoffs?

The news that Serge Ibaka could be available to play in the Western Conference finals is optimistic, but not unrealistic.

With Thunder general manager Sam Presti announcing on Friday that the swelling and stiffness Ibaka had been suffering had subsided, the Thunder now have cause for optimism that Ibaka could return.