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Ty Lue commends Serge Ibaka for his willingness to play in the G-League

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Serge Ibaka #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center on November 07, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Clippers big man Serge Ibaka went down to the G-League recently for conditioning purposes. Having just returned from back-related issues, the veteran volunteered to play supplementary games in the minors. As it is a rarity for established players to willingly take that route, Clippers coach Ty Lue commended Ibaka for taking the initiative.

�He said right now the game is a little fast for him, so he wanted to go down to the G League and just play and get reps, get his conditioning up, get his timing. When you got a guy who�s a 13-year vet, that�s a true professional. Just trying to do what he can to get back and help us out in any way he can, so that was good to see.�

Ty Lue

Ibaka got off to a solid start in his first season as a Clipper. Unfortunately, a back injury derailed his 2021 campaign. Despite a comeback effort during the postseason, he couldn’t find his way onto the floor. For now, he’ll dress for the Agua Caliente Clippers until he becomes fit for NBA gameplay. Especially with Kawhi Leonard out for the foreseeable future, Ibaka’s return should grant a massive boost to his team.

LA Clippers this season

Even without their best player, the LA Clippers have made out quite well. They made it to their first Western Conference Finals last season and picked up where they left off from there. Shorthanded as they are, their depth has shone brightly as they currently sit in 6th place out West.

Because of Kawhi Leonard’s absence, most of us quickly dismissed LA for this NBA season. But so far, they appear to have performed better than most. Though we have yet to dive deep into the year, we can confidently presume that this resilient group will remain competitive for the duration of the season.

Assuming Ibaka regains his form and players like Paul George Reggie Jackson, Nicolas Batum, Ivica Zubac, and others keep pace, the Clippers should contend for a top-four seed. If they manage to do that, then their chances at ultimate success could only grow from there.

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