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Serge Ibaka (back) to miss Clippers' opener on Thursday

Field Level Media
20 Oct 2021, 08:05 GMT+10

Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Serge Ibaka won't play in Thursday's season opener against the Golden State Warriors, coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after Tuesday's practice.

Ibaka is recovering from back surgery he underwent in June and isn't ready to play in a game. He was cleared last week to participate in 5-on-5 drills during practices.

The 32-year-old Ibaka averaged 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in 41 games (39 starts) last season, his first with the Clippers.

He saw action in two games of the first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks. The announcement that Ibaka needed back surgery came during the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz.

Ibaka has career averages of 12.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 849 career games (685 starts) over 12 seasons. He has also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors.

Lue also said that forward Marcus Morris Sr. would be available Thursday. Morris injured his right knee during the postseason.

--Field Level Media

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