On Saturday night in Minnesota, for the second time this season, Steven Adams came down with a right ankle sprain.
But also for the second time, Adams returned to action the next game, showing no ill effects during the Thunder's 119-96 win over the Celtics.
And in doing so, he only added to his growing reputation as a tough-nosed rookie center, playing through contact, injuries, drama and Vince Carter elbows.
“He's as tough as I've been around, any player,” Scott Brooks said. “Every day, he just plays. The elbows, the pushes, nothing phases him. All he cares about is eating a lot of food and playing basketball.”
In five minutes, Adams didn't have much of an impact. But his presence was a good sign for the Thunder.
BRAD STEVENS PRAISES KEVIN DURANT
Boston coach Brad Stevens has been around basketball a long time, but the first-year NBA coach had never faced Kevin Durant before Sunday.
“Obviously we've played against LeBron (James), we played against a lot of the elite players in the league,” Stevens said. “(Durant) can do things that I haven't seen very many people do, to be honest.”
Particularly, Stevens said Durant's ability to smoothly move around on offense, despite his wiry 6-foot-11 frame, separated him.