NBA rumors: Serge Ibaka to make season debut on Sunday

Law Murray: Looks like we *could* get Serge Ibaka return from back surgery as well as Keon Johnson NBA debut Sunday vs Hornets. Clippers only list Marcus Morris Sr., Jason Preston, and Kawhi Leonard on injury report.

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Lue said Ibaka was cleared for contact Monday, a significant step in the veteran center’s recovery following back surgery in June. “He’s doing good,” Lue said. “We’re gonna ease him in as slow as possible and make sure he’s healthy and that’s a good sign for us. Hopefully, he’s able to get back on track (get on the floor) and take some contact.”
Serge Ibaka’s back The veteran says his surgically repaired back is “close to being 100%” healthy. Of course, close is a relative descriptor. The center, who said he dealt with back pain all of last season before requiring season-ending surgery during the first round of the postseason to “clean up my disk,” said there is no timeline for his return. He will begin training camp limited to non-contact drills.
Andrew Greif: Clippers center Serge Ibaka, who stayed in LA to rest his back for Games 3 and 4, did travel to Dallas with the team for Game 6, per source. However, he is still considered doubtful to see any action tonight. Back spasms have sidelined him the past three games.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers center Serge Ibaka (back) is expected to miss Game 4 vs. Dallas tonight, sources tell ESPN. Ibaka missed 30 straight regular season games prior to returning before playoffs -- and now will miss games 3 and 4 with that sore back.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue says Rajon Rondo is out tonight. Serge Ibaka has progressed to 4-on-4 but is not with the Clippers on this road trip. Lue said he has given thought to keeping Ivica Zubac as the starter when Ibaka returns after how well Zubac has been in the starting five.
Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka was wearing a protective boot on his left ankle Tuesday morning and said he doesn't know whether he'll play in Wednesday's Game 6 against the Boston Celtics. Ibaka injured the ankle in Monday's Game 5 blowout loss to the Celtics. "I'm just trying to see how I feel tomorrow," Ibaka said.
Toronto is officially listing Ibaka as questionable for Game 6. However, Toronto coach Nick Nurse said the team is optimistic that Ibaka will be able to go. "We'll just wait and see on that. But same as always, if he's there, we'll play him. I think there's a good chance of that," Nurse said. "If not, we'll move on to the next guy and get them ready to go."
Josh Lewenberg: Ibaka didn't practice today. He'll travel with the team to Atlanta but is unlikely to play. He's close but Nurse wants him to get a practice in before he returns. Lowry is about a week away from being game ready, Nurse estimates a Dec. 1 target date.
Kyle Goon: Nick Nurse says Kyle Lowry will probably take a few weeks to heal; Serge Ibaka has a sprain that's severe enough for him to fly home from the road trip early.
Kyle Lowry suffered a small fracture in his left thumb and Serge Ibaka suffered a "pretty bad" sprained ankle, coach Nick Nurse said after Friday's 122-104 win over the Pelicans. Lowry is set to see a hand specialist when the team travels to Los Angeles on Saturday.
"It felt weird from the rip," Lowry said. "I kept playing through it and kept playing through it. Originally we thought it was something in the nailbed because the nailbed turned black and blue. We got some X-rays and we sent the X-rays off to the doctors and there was a small fracture in the thumb."
Josh Lewenberg: For the second straight game, the Raptors will be without Lowry, Ibaka and Valanciunas tonight.
Josh Lewenberg: C.J. Miles (shoulder) returns from his one-game absence today but the Raptors will sit Serge Ibaka out with a sore left knee.
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