Pacific Notes: Ibaka, Mann, Wiseman, McKinnie

Clippers big man Serge Ibaka will not join the team on its three-game road trip this week, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times tweets. He hasn’t played since March 14 due to a back injury.

Ibaka signed a two-year contract with the Clippers last offseason that included a $9.72MM player option for next season. He has appeared in 39 games, averaging 10.9 PPG and 6.7 RPG.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • Patrick Beverley‘s injury has opened up some playing time for Terance Mann, Mirjam Swanson of the Orange County Register notes. Beverley underwent surgery on Friday for a fractured hand. Mann has played a combined 58 minutes over the last two games, contributing 21 points and 11 assists. “I’ll tell you this, with the guys being injured and guys being out of the lineup, these young guys have really taken advantage of it,” Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue said.
  • James Wiseman‘s knee injury provides more clarity to the Warriors’ approach to the remainder of the season, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area writes. No longer concerned with prioritizing Wiseman’s development, they can now either go all out to collect victories and secure a playoff berth, or they can max out minutes for players they plan to build around next season. The No. 2 overall pick could miss the remainder of the season.
  • Lakers forward Alfonzo McKinnie has been placed under the league’s health and safety protocols and will miss Monday’s game against the Knicks, Jovan Buha of The Athletic tweets. McKinnie played a season-high 27 minutes against Brooklyn on Saturday, recording 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
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