Gregg Popovich on Serge Ibaka: 'We knew he'd be back'

This is Gregg Popovich's shocked face.
This is Gregg Popovich's shocked face (USATSI)

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Before the Western Conference Finals started, the San Antonio Spurs weren't entirely convinced that Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka would in fact be sidelined. It turns out they were right to be skeptical, as the Thunder announced Friday that Ibaka is suddenly day-to-day as a result of swelling going down "substantially and unexpectedly" in his strained calf.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacted to the news:

The "Sammy" in question is Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti, who started his career as an intern in San Antonio. Presti met the media, too, and said that that Ibaka would not be ruled out of Sunday's Game 3:

The Thunder had previously announced that Ibaka would miss the whole postseason, and coach Scott Brooks repeatedly said he wasn't coming back after their Game 1 loss on Monday.

The lesson, again, is that the Spurs are never wrong. 

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