26 May 2014

Ibaka makes surprise return for Thunder

11:16 am on 26 May 2014

The Oklahoma City Thunder have received a major boost ahead of today's crucial game three in the NBA's Western Conference Finals series against the San Antonio Spurs, with Serge Ibaka, making a surprise return from injury.

The power forward had been ruled out of the entire post-season with a calf injury and sat out the first two games as the Thunder slumped to big losses.

However he's made a quicker than expected recovery and the coach, Scott Brooks, has confirmed he'll start in game three in Oklahoma City.

The game tips off at 12.30pm.