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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will undergo a knee procedure to address some persistent soreness, sources told ESPN.com. It is not clear how long Ibaka will be sidelined following the surgery. ESPN.com

The Thunder have not confirmed that Ibaka will undergo the surgery, saying in a statement Monday that they have sent him to a specialist. "As we continue to monitor and evaluate the soreness in Serge's knee, in consultation with his representation, we decided the next best step is to have him travel to New York to see a specialist," a team spokesman said. "We will provide an update as appropriate." ESPN.com

It's a sweet moment between the 25-year-old Ibaka and his young daughter — but also so much more, as the documentary that premiered at SXSW Interactive on Saturday night reveals to powerful effect. Ibaka didn't know Raine existed for the first five years of her life. His father in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, had begged family to keep her a secret from Ibaka. He wanted to reduce stress on the then-teenage basketball phenom after Ibaka left their poverty-stricken home to chase a pro hoops future in Europe. (Raine was conceived with a girlfriend before he left, but not born until after.) Mashable

Thunder coach Scott Brooks doesn’t know how Serge Ibaka injured his right knee – whether it was an accumulation thing or a one-play accident. But however it happened, the right knee soreness forced the Thunder’s high-flying power forward to miss a second straight game on Sunday, sitting out OKC’s 109-100 win over the Bulls. “Still going to continue to monitor his right knee,” Brooks said. “Still experiencing soreness.” Oklahoman

February 20, 2015 Updates

In the locker room, the divide was growing. Injuries to Durant were keeping the team from finding a rhythm, and without the band-aid of winning to heal wounds, the Thunder's chemistry was suffering. The cliquish aspect was impossible not to notice. Jackson, Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb all had lockers together on one side; Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka were on the other. Jackson, Lamb and Jones are close, shooting pregame together and often leaving the arena together. All three had also fallen out of favor with Brooks. ESPN.com

February 12, 2015 Updates

Ibaka took a nasty elbow to the nose in the Thunder's 105-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, but returned to the game with some stitches and strong defense. Ibaka posted a photo to Instagram Monday with good news. "Thank god it's not a broken nose... Thanks everyone for your support! #stillAvecclasse," Ibaka said. Oklahoman

January 30, 2015 Updates

It’s allowed defenses to trap and contain Westbrook and Durant more on those not-as-deadly pick-and-pops, feeling far less fear that Ibaka will burn them on the back end. “I don’t know the answer to that,” Brooks said when asked why he thinks Ibaka’s efficiency has eroded. “Hopefully that trends the other way.” Some of it may have to do with fatigue, though the prideful Ibaka would never admit it: “You take whatever you have and you go with that,” he said when broached on the subject. Oklahoman

January 24, 2015 Updates

Michael Lee: Russell Westbrook didn't talk after OKC lost to #hawks. This exchange with Serge Ibaka was intense. vine.co/v/OIE77aLXpOg Twitter @MrMichaelLee

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