OKC Thunder notebook: Steven Adams continues to work through fouling woes

In the Thunder's 108-93 win over Sacramento on Sunday night, Adams fouled out in 19 minutes.
BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Published: January 19, 2014
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In the Thunder's 108-93 Sunday night win over Sacramento, Steven Adams fouled out in 19 minutes.

Progress.

In the two games prior, Adams fouled out in both, only lasting 10 and 11 minutes.

“I tell him don't worry about your fouls,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Play the brand of basketball we need you to play: tough, physical, protector of the paint and rim.”

But as he moves forward this season, and in his career, Adams must learn to defend without fouling.

“It's hard to do for some of the bigs in this league,” Brooks said. “But as we go along together, we will figure out ways how he can stay out of it. But I don't tell him, ‘Hey, try to get 12 minutes tonight before you foul out and then build it up to 13.' Play aggressive, keep working and that stuff will improve as time goes on.”

FISHER HONORS MARTIN LUTHER KING

Derek Fisher took to center court before Sunday night's game, with the microphone and a message for Thunder fans.

Because OKC is off on Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Fisher wanted to publicly honor one of the country's most famous figures.

“Dr. King's message for understanding and equality for humanity is as important as it's ever been,” Fisher started his brief speech. “…We encourage you to take a moment to reflect on that impact,” Fisher concluded.

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