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Clippers center Serge Ibaka (back spasms) iffy for Game 3

May 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) and Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) jockey for rebounding position during the fourth quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers backup center Serge Ibaka is questionable for Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night due to back spasms.

The host Mavericks have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said Ibaka began experiencing spasms Thursday morning before the team’s flight to Texas.

“He’s hurting pretty bad,” said Lue, who said Ibaka’s availability will be a game-time decision.

Ibaka played less than six minutes during Tuesday’s 127-121 loss in Game 2 in Los Angeles. He has 10 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two assists in the series so far.

Ibaka, 31, averaged 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 23.3 minutes in 41 games (39 starts) during his first season with the Clippers.

–Field Level Media